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CAMPAIGNERS battling to save their children’s primary school are preparing to take their fight to the council.

Protesters who want to save Sycamore Primary School, in Cantley, from closure, will face Doncaster Council officials on Monday in two consultation meetings at the site on St Wilfrid’s Road.

Annie Morgan, who chairs the Friends of Cantley Sycamore action group, said she expected the meetings - at 4.30pm and 6pm - to be packed because of the depth of feeling against the closure of the school, which was praised as “good” by Ofsted last November.

She said: “We will have a lot of questions to put to the council over this, like whether the building is being sold off.

“We are hoping that they are going to listen to us and we want straight answers, which we don’t feel we have had yet.

“We are still fighting this. We had a group of girls collecting signatures on our petition at Clock Corner in town at the weekend and we have 2,000-plus names now.

“People with children at other schools have seen what’s happening, seen the Ofsted report we had, and said they see this as a wake-up call, because they are concerned there will be other school closures. They are saying theirs could be next if they are not at capacity.

“We feel we need to keep being positive.”

Campaigners believe the closure of the school would potentially affect the whole of the Cantley area.

Ms Morgan said in the past the school had two sites, until one of the buildings was closed, and the closed building went on to be vandalised and attract anti-social behaviour.

Further consultation meetings on changes to schools in Doncaster are also planned.

Meetings are due to be held this afternoon to discuss plans to create an academy at the current Hatfield Visual Arts College. There will be a meeting at Long Toft Primary School in Stainforth at 4.30pm, and another at Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School at 6pm.

The council is also looking to merge Montagu Junior and Park Road Primary in Mexborough, and the Hatfield Travis Infants and Hatfield Manor Junior church schools.