A TEACHING union has blasted the BNP for “jumping on the bandwagon” against controversial plans for an academy school.
Calderdale Council is expected to become a sponsor for an academy in north Halifax.
Co-sponsors include Huddersfield University and the Wakefield Anglican diocese.
This month the BNP distributed leaflets protesting against the plans to homes surrounding Holy Trinity Senior School.
The 1,000-pupil Holy Trinity could be replaced by an academy for 1,200 secondary school pupils, with 250 places for those in further education.
But the secretary of the National Union of Teachers’ Calderdale branch, Sue McMahon, says her organisation wants nothing to do with the BNP.
She said: “It’s typical BNP gutter tactics and shameless opportunism.
“If they were so concerned why didn’t they do something before?’’