PARENTS will have their say on the fate of two Huddersfield schools facing closure.

Consultations are taking place about Fartown and Rawthorpe High Schools, which have falling roll numbers.

Drop-in consultation meetings are being held over the next two weeks for parents of children who attend primary schools which feed into Fartown High School.

Similar meetings were held in Rawthorpe last week.

Parents, governors, teachers and staff will discuss the options, which include building a controversial academy school.

Kirklees Council will bid for government cash as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

It aims to provide state-of- the-art teaching and learning facilities for children and communities across the district.

Both Fartown and Rawthorpe High Schools are being considered as part of the initial development programme.

Seven options are being considered, which include establishing one or two Academy schools.

In return for a small proportion of the start-up cash, a business, religious or voluntary group is given a large say in the running of academy schools.

Clr Jim Dodds, Cabinet member for education said: "We want to listen to what people have to say and do what is best for the children of Kirklees."

Other options under consideration for Rawthorpe and Fartown are building two new schools or merging each school with another one.

Funding for new schools in south Kirklees would not happen until 2013-14 at the earliest.

Other options include an interfaith academy incorporating All Saints Catholic College and Fartown High School or merging Rawthorpe High with the local junior and infants schools.

The council will also consider closing both schools or maintaining the status quo.

The outcome of the consultation process will be published with a report to Cabinet in April.

A second stage of consultations will start in May with a further report in July.

Documents on the consultation can be seen on the Kirklees Council website at