STAFF and governors are against plans to merge two Bradley primary schools next September.

Governors and teachers at Bradley CE Infant School and Bradley CE Junior School say the deadline set by Kirklees Council does not give them enough time to prepare for life as one school.

Mrs Silva Scott is chairman of governors for both schools, which share a site on Sherwood Avenue.

She said teachers and governors supported the idea of a merger but wanted it postponed for several years.

Mrs Scott said: "It really is a `No' from Bradley. There are some issues that need to be resolved before there can be an amalgamation.

"There is the question of the site being suitable and also a question of the way we work together. We need to have the same ethos.

"We are not against it in principle, but not at this time."

Governors at the infant school have already voted to reject the idea of merging in September. Governors at the junior school are not set to vote until January.

In contrast, parents and governors at Outlane Infant and Nursery School and Outlane Junior School are pleased at the prospect of merging next September.

The schools share a site on Moorlands Road, but the buildings are in need of repair.

As part of their amalgamation, they would get a new building.

Mrs Scott said: "At Outlane it is different, because they will have a purpose-built place.

"Bradley will not have that and the current situation does not lend itself to working as a through primary school."

The amalgamation proposals were put forward because Kirklees Council has a policy of seeing if a merger is feasible if two schools share a site.

The merger plans will soon go to the council's Cabinet, which will approve or refuse them.