Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College’s new sixth form centre at Spring Hall will be a centre for the community according to the school’s headteacher.
The new school building is planned to help alleviate overcrowding at the special school which caters to pupils with mental and physical disabilities.
But there had been concerns about building on the playing fields at Spring Hall.
“We are really keen to liaise with people and our aim is for this to be a real boost to Calderdale,” said headteacher Martin Moorman.
“My dream - and this is dependent on officers, councillors and planners - would be for something with real inclusivity for the whole community.”
The decision to approve funding was made by councillors on Calderdale Council’s Cabinet last week and now the search for futher funding gets started. “We have £1.5 million secured from the council but now we have to look at private sponsorship or other funding streams,” said Mr Moorman.
“I suspect we might need between £3 million and £5 million in the end.
“We envisage the building will be down by the bus depot end of Spring Hall backing straight on to the track for easy access for our specially adapted bikes.”
Any plans will have to be submitted to the council’s planning department for approval before work gets under way.