PUPILS in Deanshanger could be forced to travel up to 10 miles to school under plans to merge two schools into one.
Kingsbrook secondary school could be amalgamated with Roade School Sports College, more than eight miles away, by September this year.
Already the proposals from both sets of school governors have caused a protest from pupils on Facebook and complaints from some parents.
They say the reason given for the merger – falling school numbers – is a ‘smokescreen’ for a bid to save money and reduce staffing.
But the headmasters say the 2,000 pupil merger would provide stability to the schools, which are both suffering a decline in pupils due to their rural catchment areas.
Pamela Hutchison, headmaster of Kingsbrook, said: “We’ve got some of the brightest youngsters at both schools. The partnership offers an opportunity to provide a new standard of education, one that offers a greater quality and breadth of experience within and beyond the classroom.”