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Students and parents join Prince Henry's Grammar School strikers on the picket line

by Laura Miles
Issue No. 2279

Pickets and their supporters at Prince Henry

Pickets and their supporters at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley this morning (Pic: Tony Walker)

Around 100 teachers, parents and school students picketed Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, Leeds, this morning, Wednesday.

They were protesting at plans to turn the school into an academy.

NUT and NASUWT union members have struck several times against the plans – and have escalated their action. They struck for one day in the first week, two days last week and are striking for three days this week.

There is huge opposition to the academy plan locally. Many parents are involved in the campaign and want the school to remain within the local authority. Teachers are concerned about jobs and conditions as well as the threat to remove the school from local control.

The school governors had voted by just 10 to 9 in favour of the academy proposal, but the parents have never been asked what they think. The nine who voted against resigned after the decision was made.

At a vibrant 270-strong public meeting on Tuesday evening votes of no confidence were passed against the chair of governors and the head teacher.

It also decided to organise a ballot of parents.

Teachers, parents, school students and supporters are organising a protest march through Otley on Saturday 26th November, assemble 11am at the school, top gate on Newell Carr.

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Wed 23 Nov 2011, 16:53 GMT
Issue No. 2279
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