A COUNCILLOR and a behaviour expert went head to head in the boxing ring in an unusual bid to raise money for a new community centre.
School governor Keith Hutson squared up for the exhibition match at Halifax High School with Bernard Tague, assistant head for behaviour.
The event was the latest to be promoted by the Halifax High Parents’ Council and Community Association which hopes to raise £100,000 to buy and convert the Commander’s House at the former Wellesley Park Barracks.
Head boy Lewis Horner said: “It was a knockout way for the school to pull together to support the community.”
Mr Tague said he wasn’t worried by Councillor Hutson’s reputation as a former Manchester area boxing champion and neither pulled any punches.
The parents’ council wants to make the old Commanders House into a community hub providing such things as English and ICT lessons, a crèche, a community café and drop-in counselling centre.
Local businesses are being asked to sponsor rooms in the Grade 2 listed building and individuals can buy a brick if they want to contribute.
Head Teacher Jackie Nellis said: “It is fantastic to see the school supporting the parents and the community in this exciting project.
“The students have really caught the vision for the commander’s house and the boxing exhibition created a real buzz around the school.”
Tables published by the Department for Education show that Halifax High is now the top school in Calderdale for ensuring that students make better than expected progress in their studies.
“We are keen to support the parent’s council and community association to add value for parents and community members alike,” said Mrs Nellis.
*Wellesley Barracks were built in 1875 and became home to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment until 1959.
The site was bought by the council in 1963 for £30,000 and the buildings were used for music, physical education and to provide office space.
Halifax High moved there in 2005 from the old Clare Hall site in Halifax town centre.