University Academy Keighley students will move into their new building immediately after the Easter holiday.

Students will work from home for part of this month as staff prepare for the move.

They will be set work to cover the full length of every lesson as well as their usual amount of homework.

The long-awaited move comes after completion of a new campus on the former Greenhead School playing fields at Utley.

The complex will house both University Academy Keighley (UAK) and Beechcliffe Special School.

The Wednesday, May 4, opening means the building will open as originally scheduled despite problems during the construction process.

Contractors have worked round-the-clock to make up for time lost following flooding caused by burst pipes in last winter’s freeze.

Nadira Mirza, chairman of the UAK governors, last month wrote to all parents revealing the date of the move. She said the new building would be operationally ready, and therefore able to receive students, on May 4.

She said: “There is much work to do between now and May 4 and we ask for your co-operation in this matter.”

This week students have been having normal lessons in the morning but leaving school at lunchtime.

Next week – leading up to the Easter holidays – the school will be closed while students carry out work at home.

Teenagers preparing for their GCSE maths exams will be able to attend revision sessions at Central Hall in Keighley.

UAK students who attend some lessons at nearby Holy Family School will be expected to go to those lessons as normal.

The closure will allow teachers to pack up material and set it out in the new building.

The academy is currently housed in the buildings used for many years as Keighley Girls Grammar School, then by Greenhead School.

UAK head Trish McCarthy said: “We are really pleased to be moving and it’s exciting. It’s a lot of hard work to make sure it goes smoothly.”

She said the school was focusing on minimising disruption for students due to take exams over the next few months.