Two Lupset schools are set to merge

Parents and children protest at the news that Waterton J&I School in Lupset is earmarked for closure.'w6870e904
Parents and children protest at the news that Waterton J&I School in Lupset is earmarked for closure.'w6870e904
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DISPUTED plans for two Lupset schools to merge are set to get the green light.

Plans to amalgamate Waterton J&I School and Snapethorpe Primary School, which have been drawn out since 2009, are to be finalised next week.

If given the go-ahead the plans will see Waterton J&I closed down to combat falling pupil numbers.

The Express first revealed in 2007 that 5,000 surplus school places caused by a drop in the birth rate, were costing Wakefield Council £5m each year.

Waterton J&I was one of 15 listed for closure or merger in the first phase of the school reorganisation programme revealed in 2009.

Angry parents launched a campaign in 2009 to save it.

Mum-of-two Linda Cowie, who was involved in the campaign, said: “They cannot mess around with our children’s education like this – it is bound to have an effect on them.”

Wakefield Council’s cabinet is set to make the final decision at its meeting on Tuesday, October 18, although some pupils have already transferred to Snapethorpe Primary.

The report for the meeting recommended the closure of Waterton J&I for the amalgamation to go ahead.

It said the standards of the old building and the education at Waterton J&I are too low and that Snapethorpe Primary’s pupil outcomes are generally higher.