PARENTS will protest against councillors who want to close their children’s school today.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet will decide whether to support a controversial £200m education plan, which includes shutting Castle Hall in Mirfield.
Parents and pupils plan to protest outside Dewsbury Town Hall before the meeting, which starts at 5pm.
Karen Rowling of pressure group Retain Education at Castle Hall said: “We hope to have quite a few people outside the town hall to protest.”
She will also be speaking as part of a deputation which would go to the meeting.
“We’re going to fight this proposal. We’re not going to sit back and let it happen.”
Mrs Rowling hopes many people come to the protest today.
She said: “A lot of people have said they will come along, so I hope there will be quite a big turnout of parents, pupils and members of the community. We plan to start at 4pm, we want to be there when the Cabinet members arrive.”
The Labour and Lib Dem Cabinet of the hung council will be deciding whether to approve the plan for schools in Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley and the Spen Valley.
In January, Labour and the Lib Dems ousted the Conservative Cabinet because of the Tory plan for schools in north Kirklees.
Clr Robert Light, who led the Conservative Cabinet at the time, criticised the Labour-Lib Dem plan this week for creating “super schools”.
He said: “The proposed secondary schools in Batley and Cleckheaton would be the biggest in Kirklees and two of the biggest in Yorkshire.
“The new single Batley school would be run as one school for 2,700 pupils on two sites whilst the Whitcliffe Mount School would be increased to 1,800 pupils with its sixth form.
“No other secondary school in Kirklees would have as many pupils, with Whitcliffe Mount set to be twice the size and Batley more than three times the size of the average secondary school in the area.
“If these proposals go ahead it will be a disaster for the education of young people in the area. Everyone knows that super schools of this size are both socially divisive and educational failures.”
Clr Light also criticised Labour and the Lib Dems for ditching the Conservative plan to build a new high school on the site of Birkenshaw Middle School.
He said: “The proposals should be about providing high-quality neighbourhood schools which children want to attend.
“This set of proposals will see many more parents seeking their children’s education anywhere but Kirklees and such areas as Birkenshaw and East Bierley will join Birstall as the educational nomads of West Yorkshire.”
But Kirklees deputy leader Clr Kath Pinnock denied the Cabinet was planning super schools.
The Cleckheaton Lib Dem said: “I wish Clr Light would get his facts right. The schools we’re proposing are for around 1,500 pupils. The advice we’ve been given by education experts is that schools must have a minimum of 1,200 pupils if they are to offer the breadth of curriculum and be financially viable.
“The schools we’re proposing will indeed be super, but not in the way that Clr Light implies.”
And Clr Pinnock denied the plan would cause Birkenshaw children to go to schools outside Kirklees.
She said: “Currently every child in Birkenshaw transfers to Whitcliffe Mount. Why should that be an issue in the future?”