SCHOOL closures across north Kirklees are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.
Kirklees Council is carrying out a review which could lead to some schools being forced to close.
The plans will affect all secondary schools in Cleckheaton, Gomersal, Heckmondwike, Liversedge, Birstall, Birkenshaw, Batley, Dewsbury, Thornhill, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.
One concerned Examiner reader contacted us to say that Castle Hall School, Mirfield, may be on the closure list.
Councillors would not comment on any planned closures, saying their proposals will be announced in early September and could change after a consultation with staff, pupils, parents and residents.
But it leaves the future of some schools in doubt.
Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for education, said the proposals are still being finalised for consultation.
But he said he believed the proposals demonstrate the council’s commitment for the largest investment programme in improving young people’s future prospects.
Clr Dodds said: “They will be announced early next month and subject to Cabinet endorsement on 16 September.
“There will be an extensive six week period of consultations, including half-day drop-in sessions at every secondary in North Kirklees, and others schools in the area as well.
“I am not going to pre-judge the consultation process by commenting on individual schools.
“Elements of the proposals may well be changed as a result of the consultation process.
“That is what the whole exercise is about.
“This is about improving learning, schooling, education opportunities and choices across the whole of North Kirklees.”
The consultation is part of a planned £200m-plus package to transform secondary school education in North Kirklees.
Parents will have a chance to have a say on the proposals at the beginning of the new school year.
Clr Dodds added: “No final decisions have been made and I would urge parents and local people to get involved in the consultation process and let us know what they think before we come to making final decisions by the end of the year.
“We have an absolute duty to do our best for our children and for generations of children to come. It means building on the strengths of our existing schools, raising standards and aspirations and providing centres of learning and education of the highest possible quality.
“A key plank has been to look at providing learning centres to the very highest standard for local communities in their local area, so that when it comes down to parental choice parents will choose their local school and learning centre.
“We plan to develop this new-style approach across Kirklees.
“However, in formulating the consultation proposals we looked at them in the context of the future for education in Kirklees as a whole.”
North Kirklees will be the first area to be reviewed with government funding for the consultation process.