PARENTS, politicians and governors are angered at 'hotch-potch' merger plans for their school.
County council executive rubberstamped officers' recommendations to amalgamate Victoria Community Infant and St Thomas of Canterbury Blue Coat CofE Junior School from September 2009.
They will also support a diocesan bid for capital funding from the Department for Education and Skills to carry out 'some building extensions and improvements'.
But parents and governors have reacted to this decision with alarm as it appears to rule out a substantial new build.
Anxious parent Ursula Lepping said many were concerned children would be forced to move between the two schools.
She said: 'It would be nice, and indeed sensible, to create a school that would be an improvement. Instead it seems to me a bit of a hotch-potch.'
She is also disappointed with the Transforming Learning Communities consultation process, which is proposing the merger.
'I'm not sure just how aware other parents are of what's going on here or how to stop what's happening,' she said. 'The drop-in consultation session was one day before the closing date for comments. I think people may have gone there only to be confronted with all this for the first time.
'But with them only having until the next day to get facts down on paper, there hasn't been the time to respond.'
School governor and City MP Christine Russell said: 'I think parents are absolutely right to be concerned about the building programme. It should be possible to create a state-of-the-art primary school on the site.'
Fears that the reduced admissions policy will lead to mixed-age teaching from infant age are still present.
Mrs Russell said: 'At the moment there are two classes per year and it's important to maintain that.'