Act now if you could find a use for the old Ridings

The Ridings School (now closed) Ovenden
The Ridings School (now closed) Ovenden

THE search is still on for organisations and businesses interested in using space in the former Ridings School, Halifax.

It is nearly four years since councillors voted to axe it –and almost two since it closed.

A doctor’s surgery opened in part of the building and a social enterprise organisation has come forward, indicating it wants to take on managing the site.

But there is still a need for users.

Calderdale Council is working with organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors to ensure the former school at Ovenden becomes a community asset.

Economy and environment spokesman Barry Collins said now was the time for anyone who felt they could contribute in any way to get in touch.

He said: “We want the site to be one where community partners can work together to offer the people of north Halifax a range of services, help and advice.

“So it’s important at this stage that those groups and organisations have the chance to contribute their ideas,” said Coun Collins. People and groups interested in how the former Ridings site will be run are being asked to get in touch with Soo Nevison at Voluntary Action Calderdale at

The Ridings School was once labelled the worst in the country and became a test case for the Labour government’s efforts to turn around failing schools. Despite investing £6.5m, the council closed it after it went into special measures.