Parents and school children will be staging a march to call for a secondary school to be built in Birkenshaw.

Parents in Birstall, Gomersal, East Bierley and Birkenshaw will convene at Birkenshaw Middle School at 2.30pm on Saturday, January 17, to call for Kirklees Council to back proposals to create a £30 million high school on the current school site.

The proposal forms part of Kirklees’ £200 million Building Schools for the Future programme, which will also see schools move from a three-tier to two-tier system.

The march at 2pm will raise money for local charities Rueben and Friends and Candlelighters.

March co-organiser, mother-of-three Lesley Surman, said: “We have to ensure that our high school is included in the plans that are ultimately passed.

“Kirklees councillors must see that as a united community we are not willing to accept anything less than what our children and our community deserve.”