A new educational establishment is set to officially open its doors to the children of West Yorkshire at the start of the next academic year as the Al Hashim Academy launches in Batley.
From September, the school will operate out of Kirklees College’s old Batley centre, on Cambridge Street, which has been unused for more than two years.
Having been previously based at the old Shoulder of Mutton premises, on Upper Road, Batley, the new school will be able to cater for more than 200 pupils within its first two years.
Preparations began earlier this month for the new school year, with the grand Grade II listed building only requiring minor work to get it up to operating standards.
Founding director Khabbaab Raja explained why the school was set up and how much he looked forward to opening later this year.
“A faith-based school in this area has been long overdue,” he said. “There has been a need for nearly two decades, maybe more.
“There have been projects by other groups in the past but it just did not happen. One group had been renting a property but never found a permanent site and in the end lost hope.
“But we have this site now and there has been lots of interest in the local community.”
The new site was purchased for £415,000 through donations to the educational charity, from individuals and businesses, as well as a business loan.
Mr Raja added that the ease of transition between a college and secondary school was also a deciding factor when purchasing the building.
“We do not need to do much as it was already an education centre,” he explained.
“There were chairs and furniture left behind so we had almost everything we needed. We just need to set up and start.”
More than 40 pupils have already enrolled for the new school year whilst more information is available by visiting www.alhashimacademy.webs.com