Parents have joined forces in Almondbury ahead of plans for a new super school.

Around 30 people turned out to voice concerns over proposals to merge Almondbury Junior School, Greenside Infant and Nursery School and Almondbury High School and Language College into one school catering for children aged three to 16.

The consultation, which starts today and runs until November 11, will give parents, staff, governors and community members seven weeks to have their say.

If agreed, it will see the schools merged by May next year to share one site at Fernside Avenue.

Becky Donkersley was among the parents who attended the meeting at Almondbury Working Men’s Club on Thursday evening.

Becky, whose seven-year-old twin girls Alice and Freya are pupils at Almondbury Junior School, said: “As parents we want what is best for our children’s education.

“The meeting was well-attended and we got some ideas together.

“Hopefully the consultation will come up with the answers we’re looking for, but if it doesn’t we are now ready to come together again to decide what to do.

 

“We just want to make sure everyone in Almondbury knows about it and all parents have their say in the consultation.”

It is understood the new 1,220-pupil school would have one headteacher and governing body across the whole school.

The nearby Almondbury CE (VA) Infant and Nursery School would be unaffected by the changes.

Speculation has also arisen over the future of the Almondbury Junior School site if the proposals go ahead.

But at a Kirklees cabinet meeting earlier this month, councillors refused to be drawn on plans for the site.

Clr Peter O’Neill, cabinet member for children’s services, said the aim of the proposal was to improve education standards and provide the best possible educational facilities for young people in Almondbury.