NETHERTHORPE School has applied for academy status – despite fears from town councillors.
The school, on Ralph Road in Staveley, says the move will give it more independence and freedom.
But Staveley town councillors claim it is not in the interest of children in the area and will drain money put of the local education authority.
Chairman Barry Dyke said: “The council’s main opposition to it is we think it could become a selection process.”
He added: “We understand they will be responsible for their own running and if any extra funding does become available from the local education authority they could potentially miss out.”
However head teacher Alan Senior said parents supported the move to academy status.
He added: “This will mean the school is free to determine its own future but things will stay very much the same.”