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Huddersfield School Closure Has Become A "Scandal"

Parents at Almondbury Community School have no idea where their children will be educated next year.

Education chiefs in Kirklees have been excoriated for the “utter mess” that surrounds their decision to close a Huddersfield secondary school.

Following pleas by parents for clarity over where pupils from Almondbury Community School (ACS) will be educated next year education bosses were accused of botching the process and failing to reassure those affected.

Leader of the Conservative group, Clr David Hall, himself a teacher, said the situation was “an utter mess”.

And he accused the Labour-led administration of presiding over “a borough-wide scandal”.

The council’s decision to close ACS continues to rumble on, with parents confronting councillors as their children face moves to schools not of their choosing.

Despite ACS parents being told that they have “the right to preference a place at any school” – including King James’s in Almondbury, Netherhall Learning Campus, Newsome High, Honley High, Shelley College and North Huddersfield trust – many schools are now full.

That means some children face lengthy walks, or journeys on multiple buses, to reach either Newsome High or North Huddersfield Trust, which is in Fartown.

In deputations presented to a meeting of full council in Huddersfield Town Hall mothers with children at ACS said they had been “misled” over school choice and had no catchment school to apply to.

They said their fears had been ignored and dismissed.

One mother, Cass Watson, commented: “My child has no idea where her education will be completed, and to what standard.”

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