STAFF and governors at Castle Hall in Mirfield are vowing to fight on if the council votes to close the school.
And they are urging people not to over-react to reports that a decision by Kirklees Council to close the school is to be "rubber-stamped" tomorrow.
Headteacher Andy Pugh said that a 180-page report on the six-week representation period contains recommendations by local authority officers to proceed with the closure. But Cabinet members have said they will still listen to all comments expressed before and during the meeting.
And school governors have confirmed an appeal will go ahead if the closure decision is approved.
Mr Pugh said: "Many people will be disappointed at the content of the report.
"I feel particularly sorry for the thousands of people in the local community who have put a great deal of time and effort into responding to official consultations.
"The report seems almost to dismiss what is recognised by everyone else as a huge show of support."
There were 3,089 responses to the plans put forward by Kirklees Council and only two supported the proposals.
Parents and other local residents worked throughout last year on the REACH (Retain Education At Castle Hall) campaign while staff and students kept their focus on securing the best GCSE results, not only in the school’s history, but also in Kirklees.
Brian Nicholson, chairman of governors at Castle Hall, said: "A lot of people will be amazed that the local authority is seeking to raise standards by closing its highest performing comprehensive school."
He said governors and staff were aware that Cabinet may well vote to close the school, but they will not have the final say on the future of Castle Hall School.
"Much work has been done in the last six months to prepare a case to take to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA). The school’s governors have indicated that – should Kirklees Cabinet vote to close – they will appeal to the OSA immediately.
"The appeal process can take anything from six to 12 weeks, but the outcome would probably be published before Christmas".
Mr Pugh also stressed the need to view the proposals in the long term.
"We must be careful to send the correct message to parents and the school community about the implications of these proposals. If they are eventually approved, the plan is for education to continue at Castle Hall for at least four years, and on this site for several years to come."