Three bnp councillors have bid this week to join the governing body of a secondary in Stoke where 80 per cent of pupils are of Asian background, The TES has learnt.
The party plans to take advantage of the gains it is forecast to make in next month's council elections to try to unite school governing bodies across the UK against ethnic and religious integration in schools.
The three Stoke councillors were nominated to sit on the governing body of Edensor Technology College, which is due to close in three or four years' time. It will make way for Park Hall Academy, which the BNP opposes. The plans would mean a merger with two schools that are predominantly white.
As The TES went to press, Stoke Labour party had found three candidates to stand against the BNP.
The NASUWT, which has campaigned against the BNP for years, said it was "extremely concerned" about the party's continuing attempts to influence UK schools.