THE LAST two schools in Barnsley which have seperate junior and infant facilities are to be joined into one if government approve the plans.

Barnsley Council says that Wilthorpe Infants School and Wilthorpe Junior School should no longer be run as two separate schools and should instead merge to become Wilthorpe Primary.

The capacity of the new school - which would cater for those aged 3 to 11 - would be 420 and would take 60 children in every admission intake. It is planned that the existing buildings will be utilised for the new school.

If the Secretary of State approves the plans, the new school would open in September 2012.