SHELLEY College’s controversial idea to take in younger pupils has been condemned by another group.
Green councillors on Kirklees Council have now protested against the plans, which they fear would add a massive financial burden on the authority.
The College – which became an Academy earlier this year – has suggested taking in pupils to form a Year 7 and 8.
That would have a big impact on the middle school system in the area, notably those at Kirkburton and Scissett.
The Shelley College proposals have resulted in widespread concern from parents throughout the Shelley Pyramid and in the wider community.
But Shelley College headteacher John McNally insisted people had objected without knowing the full facts.
He said once the proposals were publicised in detail for consultation starting on November 5, people would have a clearer picture.
The Green councillors say the move has become possible since Shelley College attained Academy status allowing the head to act without approval from the local council.
Clr Andrew Cooper, leader of the Greens, said: “The Shelley College proposal if implemented would have a knock-on effect throughout the local education system making Kirkburton and Scissett Middle Schools unviable with only one class year and putting huge pressure for places at first schools which are already oversubscribed.
“The cost of building new classrooms and facilities would be placed on Kirklees Council’s already overstretched budget.