Council to debate Rastrick schools merger

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THE FUTURE of two West Yorkshire schools is to be debated tonight by a council cabinet.

Calderdale councillors are to discuss whether to close Castlefields Infant School and create a new through school by expanding Longroyde Juniors in Rastrick.

The planned primary school would be split across the two sites in Rastrick.

A report claims that the merger will be beneficial for all concerned and urges councillors to move ahead with consultation over the plans.

It adds: “In order to reorganise the schools, it is necessary to formally close either one or both of the existing schools in order that a new all -through primary school may replace them.

“A new single school will offer advantages for children, parents, governance, teaching, learning and the community, which outweigh any temporary, minor disadvantages that might result from the reorganisation.

“It is in the interest of the authority to commence consultation at this stage to avoid any consequential delays.”

Discussions have taken place with staff at both schools and two separate meetings were held for the governors at Longroyde Junior School and Castlefields Infant School.

However, concerns have been raised about the potential loss of jobs as a result of the changes and of the structure of the governing body.

Currently parents of children at the Castlefields Infant School need to apply for a Year three place at Longroyde Junior School, which is less than half a mile away. If the proposals go ahead it
would create a through primary school for children aged from four to 11. Under the proposals the new primary school would provide the same number of school places, based at the two sites but with a single headteacher, leadership team and governing body.