PLANS to merge two Huddersfield schools are set to be thrown out.
Education chiefs had been investigating whether Bradley Infant and Nursery and Bradley Junior schools - which share a site in Sherwood Avenue - should become one.
But now Kirklees Council officials have recommended that councillors refuse the plans now, but reconsider them later.
Clr Ken Smith, a governor at both schools, said he was disappointed at the decision.
"If the schools do not merge it will be very sad and bad news for the children," he said.
"If it were to become one school the transition between infant and junior would be smoothed and the impact on the children's learning minimised."
A formal consultation over the proposals began last autumn.
Staff, governors and parents were asked for their thoughts on the merger - and the vast majority supported the change.
But it was staff at the nursery school who are believed to have scuppered the plans.
In a letter outlining their opposition the teachers said: "We want the best for our children and at present we are a good school, with very good results, happy parents, children and staff and good liaison with everyone involved in the running of our school.
"With such a strong ethos we do not feel that any change will benefit us in any way.
"According to evidence, when schools merge it takes up to 10 years for the equilibrium to settle.
"We feel the richness of our extra-curricular activities, which Ofsted flagged up as being one of our strengths, will no longer be available to the infant children."
But Clr Smith said the merger will go ahead soon.
"I think it is clear this will happen and the sooner the two schools start working more closely the better it will be for the children," he added.
"It says a lot that not one parent from either school registered a complaint about these plans.
"The important people - the children and parents - seem to have been ignored."
The Kirklees Cabinet committee for education and people services is expected to confirm the schools will not merge when they meet on at Huddersfield Town Hall on Wednesday next week.