Part of the Yorkshire and the Humber region, Kirklees is set in the heart of West Yorkshire and has a growing population of around 425,500.
With the two major centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury it encompasses the smaller towns of Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite.
Set against the backdrop of the Pennine Moors and Peak District parkland, the Huddersfield area has some of the UK's most stunning countryside on its doorstep. Yet the North's leading cities, including Leeds and Manchester, can easily be reached within half an hour.
Kirklees has an excellent standard of schools and educational opportunities. Ofsted judge 88 per cent of our schools to be good or outstanding - a figure which is well above the national average - and we also achieve above average for our GCSE outcomes.
High performing colleges and leading universities, combine with competitive house prices to create an enviable lifestyle for families.
The birthplace of famous artists, authors, musicians and actors, the region has a rich cultural heritage too. Throughout the year, towns and neighbouring villages come alive with an eclectic mix of plays, music and festivals. While the region is steeped in history, there is also a contemporary feel to the area.
It offers diversity like no other place in the UK; so if you're looking for a place where you can enjoy a rewarding career, balanced perfectly with a wonderful place to live, you need look further, the area has it all.
What's more, as the leading authority for the nationally renowned Children's Social Work Matters , Kirklees Council works in a truly collaborative way with the other 14 authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber.
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