Decision to close Castle Hall school in Mirfield delayed
A CONTROVERSIAL decision to close a top-performing school has been delayed.
Parents, children and staff from Castle Hall school in Mirfield met at Dewsbury town hall to challenge the closure.
The audience applauded as they heard that the school in Richard Thorpe Avenue would not proceed to statutory closure.
The Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Children and Young People decided the decision should go back to Kirklees Council’s cabinet on Thursday, April 9.
Chairman of the panel, Clr Beryl Smith, said the resolution should be delayed until plans for all schools in North Kirklees had been formulated.
She said the panel had ‘concerns that the decision had been taken in isolation of the rest the proposals’.
The public meeting enabled parents and governors linked to the school to make representations against shutting the school.
Mum-of-three Mandy Naylor said the Lib Dem/Labour coalition cabinet’s decision would take away parents’ rights to choose which school their children should attend.
She said she didn’t see why Castle Hall school should have to be closed and merged with Mirfield Free Grammar at the expense of the school pupils.
She said a merger ‘would create upheaval at an important stage in the childrens’ lives.