The head of a Catholic school trust has accused Bradford Council of discriminating against faith groups with its latest cuts plan.

The authority has unveiled proposals to end free transport to faith schools in a bid to save cash. But at a meeting of the full Council yesterday, Caroline Hyde, chairman of Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, handed in a petition signed by more than 350 people calling for a re-think. She told the Council chamber: “The only way any meagre savings will be made is by forcing Catholic families to pay for transport.

“This is an attack on faith schools.”

Joining her in support were Alix Lubomski, head teacher of Sacred Heart Primary School in Ilkley, and Tom Rothwell, headteacher of St Mary’s School in Menston.