Harrow councillors have taken the first steps to merge two Pinner primary schools, despite concerns by some parents.
At a council meeting on Thursday last week, it was decided statutory notices would be published for the amalgamation of West Lodge First School and West Lodge Middle School in West End Lane, Pinner.
However, a poll commissioned by the middle school governors, who oppose the plans, shows 50 per cent of middle school parents are against the decision.
The ballot, which closed at noon on May 12, asked middle school parents if they wanted the school to remain as it was or amalgamate. Out of 148 parents who took part, 74 said they wanted the school to stay as it was while 74 said they wanted the schools to merge. 179 parents did not vote.
Pamela Fitzpatrick, chairwoman of West Lodge Middle School Board of Governors, hopes the results will persude the council to rethink its plan.
She said: "West Lodge Middle School is a well run and incredibly successful school. Its recent Ofsted inspection found that it was providing good education to all its pupils and had many outstanding features.
"I have no doubt that everyone involved in this process has the best interests of pupils, parents and staff at heart. I remain confident that if proper processes are followed and the consultation is conducted with the same openness and independence as the Electoral Reform Services vote, this will demonstrate there is no educational case for closure and that this is not what our parents or staff want."
A parent, member of staff and a governor from each school, plus three council members, were asked to sit on a steering group earlier this year. The group met three times to discuss the future of the two schools and recommended that amalgamation sxxxld take place before January 2009.
Andy Lane, chairman of West Lodge First School Board of Governors, said the issue sxxxld be left with the council.
Councillor Christine Bednell, responsible for children's services, said: "Our primary concern is always the wellbeing and education of the children. Ultimately we have reached a decision to meet the needs of the pupils now and in the future."
Parents have six weeks to object to the statutory notices.