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Protest against academy in Barrow

by Anti-academies campaigner, Barrow
Issue No. 2157

The Barrow protest

The Barrow protest

Last Friday was just like any other June day in Barrow – it had been raining and there were angry clouds in the sky threatening more.

But the Barrow Parents Action Group’s first protest against the imposition of Furness Academy Limited was underway.

The noise began to build from whistles and sirens.

As a large group of pupils from Parkview School joined the protest in their school uniforms, two women whose children would be affected by these plans stood up and spoke to the crowd.

Anti-academies campaigners from across the country came to the protest to show their support and to speak about their own struggles.

The 250-strong protest shows that the depth of discontent is far deeper than the county council, their sponsors and their principal- elect realise.

If schools secretary Ed Balls goes ahead with the academy he will be gambling with the futures of a whole generation of children in Barrow.

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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