End to school uncertainty?

KIRKLEES is expected to ditch plans to move Birkenshaw’s first school to the site of the village’s middle school.

Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting is to propose that two new modular classrooms are installed as the first school is transformed to a primary.

Ward councillors say the move acknowledges that the first school stays in Station Lane, instead of taking over the middle school site in Bradford Road.

Coun Andrew Palfreeman said it was a victory for local people, and comes after the middle school pursues its bid to become an academy, which would end Kirklees’s efforts to close it.

He said the cost of the classrooms – £189,000 – compared favourably with the millions of pounds that Kirklees wanted to spend converting the middle school.

“This is a great victory for everyone who has supported the school, the councillors, staff and governors, parents and friends,” he said.

“If only the council had listened they could have saved thousands of pounds as they pursued their political agenda.

“This U-turn leaves other questions unanswered. Surely now that Birkenshaw First is not going to be moved, will the council also save East Bierley First?

“If there are no plans for the middle school site, does this mean that the council has finally acknowledged the overwhelming local wish for a high school on the site?

“Now’s the time to end the uncertainty.”