A ‘SECRETIVE’ plan to push through radical changes to a Huddersfield school succeeded last night.

Lindley Junior School will become an academy next term after Kirklees Council’s cabinet supported the move “with a heavy heart”.

The school is the first primary in Huddersfield to take the radical step. The change means that Lindley Juniors will be funded by the Government rather than Kirklees from September.

The council’s Labour cabinet last night agreed to give the new academy a 125-year lease to the land on George Street.

But Kirklees leader Clr Mehboob Khan heavily criticised head teacher Pat Thompson.

The Greenhead Labour man said: “It’s been brought to my attention that the headteacher and the board of governors have refused to attend any meetings with the public.

“The parents have alleged that the consultation has been flawed and secretive.

“It’s extremely disappointing. There’s now an enormous gulf between the parents and the headteacher.”

Clr Khan then asked if the cabinet could delay the academy switch until the consultation has been investigated.

But an officer told him there would be “no precedent” for this because the Government was “satisfied” with the consultation.

Clr Khan then moved the recommendation to bring in the lease “with a heavy heart”.