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Parents locked out of Brent academy vote

Issue No. 2243

The padlocked door

The padlocked door

A controversial proposal to turn Claremont High School in Brent, north London, into an academy was passed on Thursday of last week—in extraordinary circumstances.

The head teacher had doors padlocked and brought in extra security to keep parents out as the vote went through at a governors’ meeting.

Nearly three quarters of workers at the school, teaching and non-teaching, had voted against the academy plans in a ballot.

Parents were shocked to find they couldn’t even enter the school. Parents and workers held a picket outside the school as governors voted.

Unions are now threatening industrial action.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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