Kirklees College unveiled the new, state of the art Springfield Sixth Form Centre in the heart of Dewsbury in September 2018.

Set conveniently within a few minutes’ walk of Dewsbury train station, the new building has been built for students aged 16-18. The centre is focused on skills development, offering a wide range of new courses which will prepare students for; the world of work, progress in to Higher Education or an Apprenticeship.

New students will benefit from a range of ultra-modern, creative and technical workspaces that include a fully equipped art and design studio and motor vehicle workshop, an extensive learning resource centre that has been dedicated to the late Jo Cox (MP), the latest IT and digital media equipment and numerous relaxing social spaces.


Dewsbury Learning Quarter

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Springfield Centre Timeline

  • December 2016 – Work starts on site
  • December 2016 to March 2017 – Site preparation and foundation works
  • March 2017 – Ground-breaking
  • April 2017 to September 2017 – Structural frame and roof works
  • September 2017 – Topping out
  • August 2017 to April 2018 – Fitting out
  • September 2018 – Springfield opens its doors to new students
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September 2018 – Building opens to students!


Pioneer Centre Timeline

  • February 2017 – Landlord works commence on site (Kirklees Metropolitan Council)
  • February 2017 to September 2017 – Heritage and structural works (Kirklees Metropolitan Council)

June 2020 – Building opens to students!

Springfield Centre

The purpose-built facility on Bradford Road (next to Lidl) opened its doors to new students in September 2018. It is mainly for full time students aged 16 to 18, including specialist areas;

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Childhood Studies
  • Computing and ICT
  • ESOL
  • Foundation Learning
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media (Creative and Digital)
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Public Services
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Full time students, aged 16 to 18, studying:

  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Foundation Learning
  • Health and Social Care
  • IT
  • Motor Vehicle


  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Refectory
  • Motor Vehicle workshop
  • Construction workshop
  • Foundation Learning facilities including a training kitchen and multi-purpose art and study room
  • 20 classrooms
  • 6 IT suites
  • 8 meeting rooms
  • Recreation and break-out areas

Pioneer Centre

Work has started to transform the iconic landmark Pioneer House into a centre for higher level skills, apprenticeships and post-19 studies, specialising in:

  • Access to HE
  • Art and Design
  • Business and Finance
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Healthcare
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Apprentices, higher level skills and post-19 studies:

  • Access to HE
  • Business and Finance
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care


  • Coffee shop and Bistro
  • Creative workshop areas for fabric and textiles, fine art, art and design
  • Gallery
  • Hairdressing and beauty therapy salons
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Photography studio
  • Recreation and break-out areas
  • Science lab
  • 2 IT suites
  • 4 meeting rooms
  • 12 classrooms
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Working in partnership

The Dewsbury Learning Quarter is being part funded through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), supported by Kirklees Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and The Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The Leeds City Region Growth Deal is a £1.1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

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Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP said: “I’m delighted to see another project in our overall £79m programme of investment in new, world-class college facilities moving forward.

“Central to our ambition is ensuring that all young people in our City Region have access to fulfilling career opportunities, and that businesses are able to find employees with the right mix of skills to grow.

“As well as supporting the creation state-of-the-art college facilities, I’m thrilled our investment will help to provide young people with high quality skills in growing industry sectors that match future labour market demand.”

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:  “The move is an important first step in the North Kirklees Growth Zone. This is not only a priority for the council but it is important for the City Region.

“The LEP and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have provided funding which will support the creation of a new learning quarter in Dewsbury and bring the vibrancy and footfall that the college brings, into the town centre.”

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Is the college in Dewsbury closing down?

No! The college will be moving to two new sites in Dewsbury town centre. The current buildings in Halifax Road will close once provision has moved to the new centres.

What courses will be run at the new centres?

Dewsbury Learning Quarter will provide:

Springfield Centre (Bradford Road) – a new purpose-built facility for full time students aged 16 to 18: specialist areas for

  • Business and IT
  • Childcare
  • Foundation learning
  • Health and social care
  • Motor vehicle

Pioneer Centre(Halifax Road) – the iconic landmark Pioneer House will be transformed into a centre for apprenticeships, higher level skills and post-19 studies, specialising in;

  • Access to HE
  • Business and finance
  • Creative and digital media
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and social care

Course information for 2018 is available at

What facilities will the new centres have?

Dewsbury Learning Quarter will provide:

Springfield Centre (Bradford Road) facilities

Learning Resource Centre
Motor Vehicle workshop
Construction workshop
Foundation Learning facilities including a training kitchen and multi-purpose art and study room
20 classrooms
6 IT suites
8 meeting rooms
Recreation and break-out areas

Pioneer Centre (Halifax Road) facilities

Learning Resource Centre
Coffee shop and Bistro
Creative workshop areas for fabric and textiles, fine art, art and design
Photography studio
Hairdressing and beauty therapy salons
12 classrooms
2 IT suites
4 meeting rooms
Recreation and break-out areas
Science lab

Will parking be available at the new centres?

There will be 106 parking spaces available for staff and visitors and 3 disabled parking spaces at Springfield, but parking at Pioneer will be limited to disabled visitors. Parking is available in and around the town centre.

Will the Batley School of Art branding remain in place once the college has moved into Pioneer Centre?

We are currently exploring the options and liaising with stakeholders to look at this.

Will any roads or pavements be closed around Pioneer House during the building works?

The following roads/pavements will be closed:

The lower part of the cobbled section of Branch Road meeting Northgate will have a partial footpath closure during the build (this is within the boundary of the Pioneer House site) it will reopen in late 2018. The pavement in front of Pioneer House on Halifax Road and Wellington Road will be closed from February 2016 – late 2018. The pedestrian crossing on Halifax Road, next to Pioneer House, will also be closed from February 2016 – late 2018.

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North Kirklees Growth Zone

What is North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ)?

The North Kirklees Growth Zone is a long term plan to help regenerate Dewsbury and Batley Town Centres.  It will be delivered over a period of 20 years, and will aim to increase housing, provide employment opportunities and improve travel connections in North Kirklees.  The plan is being supported by the Leeds Enterprise Partnership and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Over the years there will be a range of major investments in and around Dewsbury. These include Kirklees College’s Dewsbury Learning Quarter, which is part of Kirklees College’s wider plans for a facility in Dewsbury.

What is the Dewsbury Learning Quarter?

The Dewsbury Learning Quarter is a new development in the centre of Dewsbury.  The development will provide Kirklees College with two new facilities.  The first is a new purpose-built facility for full time students (16-18), and the second, a centre for apprentices, higher level skills and post-19 students in the renovated iconic Pioneer House.

What is the LEP / WYCA?

The LEP “Local Enterprise Partnership” and the WYCA “West Yorkshire Combined Authority” are part of regional structures put in place by the Government, councils and businesses to improve the region’s economy, and coordinate cross authority programmes.

A large amount of Government funding comes via these two bodies. The LEP is a public and private sector partnership, whilst the WYCA is a public body made up of all West Yorkshire Councils.

To attract external funding individual Councils, businesses and other public bodies need to be endorsed by the LEP / WYCA as priority investment areas. The North Kirklees Growth Zone has recently been approved by the LEP and WYCA which will allow us to apply for external funding for investment into the area.

Why are these organisations supporting the College and the Council?

The North Kirklees Growth Zone is a priority area for investment, which means we can attract new funding that otherwise, would not be available.  Both the LEP and WYCA have approved the outline long term plans for the area and are fully supportive of our first development, the new Kirklees College facility – Dewsbury Learning Quarter.

How will North Kirklees Growth Zone benefit me as a resident?

In the past residents have told us some of the things they would like to see. This includes more vibrant town centres with improved facilities, a better range of housing provision, more chances to secure employment and employment that pays more.

The aim of the North Kirklees Growth Zone plan is to help improve the local area which will bring a range of benefits to residents.

How will the North Kirklees Growth Zone benefit me as a business?

We know that growing businesses, attracting new business, and encouraging business start-ups will help to strengthen the area’s economy. But we also need to work with businesses to ensure the workforce in the area has the right skills and that the areas transport infrastructure and IT infrastructure is in place to support businesses.

We need to ensure opportunities brought about by increased public and private sector investment trickle down into local businesses and individuals in the community. The more business and employment opportunities we can deliver locally the more money recycles in the local economy.

How will North Kirklees Growth Zone benefit me with a job?

New business parks, a major house building programme and public/private investment in the town centres will all bring about opportunities for new jobs, business opportunities and new careers. The continued drive to improve education and the development of the new college facilities will also help to improve the skills of local people.

We will work closely with businesses, developers and public bodies to ensure opportunities for local people and business are maximised over the next decade and beyond.

Will there be an increase in traffic?

Yes, we expect there will be an increase in traffic.  However, we want to see more improvements to public transport, improved rail connections, better parking facilities at stations, improvements to bus provision and safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why one of our main priorities in the North Kirklees Growth Zone plan is transport.  We will look at how we can reduce traffic congestion, improve journey times, provide better connectivity across the district and improve walking and cycling routes.

How will the North Kirklees Growth Zone benefit my town centre?

Over the years and throughout the country, some town centres have seen huge changes and a decline – not all for the better. This is due to various factors including changes in shopping habits, out of town shopping areas, and online shopping.

The NKGZ plan is to drive forward regeneration in both Dewsbury and Batley town centres. Due to the location and transport hubs, both towns have a real opportunity to increase urban living. In addition to this the new Dewsbury Learning Quarter will increase footfall, provide opportunities for new leisure businesses, help support existing business and give local centres a long term future.

The regeneration of Bradford city centre is a perfect example of how a regeneration plan can have a catalytic impact on retail, leisure investment, new homes, education and employment.

History of Pioneer House

Pioneer House is a Victorian Grade II listed building on Halifax Road in the centre of Dewsbury. It was open in 1880 and cost £37,000 to build.  Originally it housed the Dewsbury Pioneers’ Industrial Society Ltd, later known as the Dewsbury Co-operative Society Ltd.

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It was designed by architects Henry Holtom and George Fox, who also designed the nearby Town Hall and local schools and churches. Both prominent local architects served as Mayor of the Borough.

A near-symmetrical facade of 12 bays was surmounted by a two-tier clock tower. There were shops on the ground floor devoted to grocery, drapery, boots and shoes, tailoring and butchering. On the first floor were dressmaking, millinery, outfitting and drapery departments. Also on this floor were reading and conversation rooms, a library and offices.

The second floor was the location of the Grand Industrial Hall, a flat-floored hall capable of seating over 1,500 people.

Further extensions northward were added in 1896 and 1914 to incorporate more central stores. A restaurant, known locally as the ‘Co-op café’, and a bank also once leased parts of the building.

The main hall was adapted first to variety theatre and then in 1922 to an 800 seat cinema. Cinema, named Pioneer Pictures.  It included a mix of films and variety acts as part of the programme. There was also a café and restaurant for the convenience of its patrons. By 1944 it was known as the Pioneer Theatre and was taken over by the Essoldo Cinemas chain in 1960 and then by the Classic Cinemas chain in 1972.

In the 1970’s it became a bingo club and later the Pot Black Snooker Club until it was purchased for development in 2005. The development proved unsuccessful and the building returned to the ownership of Kirklees Council in 2011 for future redevelopment.

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Historic Dewsbury pub, The Black Bull could be getting a new lease of life

A key town centre building could be brought back to life thanks to Mood Developments, a company who specialises in the refurbishment of Heritage pubs.  Mood Developments have purchased the former Black Bull pub in the centre of the historic market town, and plan to refurbish it, with a view to it opening at the end of 2018.

Having had numerous owners over the years, the pub, like the town, is ready for a change in direction.

The company are looking to apply for a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) grant; as they are planning to preserve the heritage features of the building and are currently seeking an independent operator for the pub.

Recent projects undertaken by Mood Developments have won Historic England Awards. 92 & 93 Kirkgate, in Leeds, were both recognised as successful schemes that saw the historic buildings brought back to use and given a fresh start.

Peter Mason of Mood Developments said:

‘We are excited to begin the physical restoration of the pub and will be using local services, labour and products throughout the delivery. We have noticed a gap in the Dewsbury market for a heritage pub and hope to bring this back to the residents.

We see it as a perfect time to invest in Dewsbury, and capitalise on the investment taking place in North Kirklees. The town is in a great location for commuting into places like Leeds and Manchester, and with the Council looking to increase housing and encourage more businesses, there is a real buzz in the town centre and community.

Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Mood Developments to the town, and I look forward to seeing the development of what has always been an iconic building.

The Townscape Heritage initiative aims to create a smart and welcoming environment by improving and enhancing the quality of Dewsbury’s heritage buildings, and it sounds like Mood Development have similar aims for the old pub, so hopefully, we will be able to support them with a grant.

We are really beginning to see a positive change taking place in Dewsbury. The THI has improved the appearance of a number of buildings and Pioneer House is well on the way to being redeveloped as part of the new Dewsbury Learning Quarter, re-opening the Black Bull would be a wonderful addition to this.”

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