SUPPORT is growing for a local schools’ partnership that wants to turn Spring Hall athletics field into a specialist sports centre.
More than 200 young people could use it every day if the project proceeds as planned.
Ravenscliffe High, which caters for young people with special needs, would like to expand and use part of Spring Hall in partnership with Park Lane High, at Exley, and Brooksbank School, in Elland.
Ravenscliffe has sports college status and also hopes to expand the school at Skircoat Green to cater for 19-25 year olds, Calderdale Council Cabinet was told.
Head teacher Martin Moorman said there had been a huge increase in the number of pupils at Ravenscliffe in recent years.
Some are visually impaired, some have no verbal communication, others are confined to wheelchairs or have complex learning difficulties and need one-to-one support from staff.
In 2010, Ofsted classed Ravenscliffe as outstanding.
From September, the school will have 142 pupils in a building which, according to Government guidance, has space for only half that number.
Extending the age range would put further pressure on space.
The cabinet was told that up to £2 million or more might be needed to fulfil the school’s aims, including turning Spring Hall into a type of Manchester Sport City, with specialist facilities for all Calderdale schools to use.
The council’s education spokesman, Coun Ashley Evans, (Lib-Dem, Warley) said the school was overcrowded and was looking at a split site for the sixth form and older students.
Councillor John Hardy (Con, Skircoat) said the proposal was essential and he backed it to the hilt.
Spring Hall is currently used for athletics, tennis, crown green bowling and football, while the nearby mansion houses the Register Office.