Proposals to switch from a three to two-tier education system in Thrapston and Oundle took a step forward on Tuesday when senior politicians at Northamptonshire County Council approved a report into the change.
The plans, which would mean children in the two towns move directly to Prince William School in Oundle after primary school, have proved controversial with parents – some of whom set up a protest group to oppose the change.
Several speakers at the county council cabinet meeting on Tuesday spoke out against the proposals.
However, the cabinet approved a report which backed the plans, which means there will be a further consultation period before the full council makes a decision in September this year.
One speaker, Julie Normington, from Thrapston, called on Cllr Matthew Golby to meet campaigners to allow them an opportunity to air their views and “show they understand”.
Cllr Golby said the authority had been very diligent during the process and had listened to the concerns of parents.
He added: “It is about future-proofing the education system in this part of the county.”