Castle Hall campaigners meet PM

PARENTS fighting to save a Mirfield school met Prime Minister Gordon Brown last week at a Downing Street reception.

Karen Rowling and Alan Wilkinson were at a Community Heroes event for their work battling to stop Castle Hall School from being axed.

The campaigning duo were honoured for their efforts in helping to set up the action group Retain Education at Castle Hall (REACH).

Castle Hall, the best performing nonselective secondary in Kirklees, has been earmarked for closure.

Nearby Mirfield Free Grammar is to be massively expanded to cope with the influx of children from September 2011.

Outraged parents have appealed to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator in a bid to get the Kirklees Councilbacked plan overturned and a decision is expected in the New Year.

BSF is ironically one of the Labour Governments flagship policies and is aimed at rebuilding or refurbishing all secondary schools in England.

REACH vicechairman Mr Wilkinson said it was an honour to be invited to Downing Street and added: It was quite something to be able to see inside the building where history is made.

But it wasnt an honour just for us two, it was recognition for all the hard work thousands of people have put in to save Castle Hall.

Dewsbury and Mirfield Labour MP Shahid Malik, who arranged the visit, hailed all the REACH campaigners true community heroes.

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