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Success for Bury schools campaign

by Mikhil Karnik
Issue No. 2011

One of the many protests in Bury against school closures (Pic: Richard Searle)

One of the many protests in Bury against school closures (Pic: Richard Searle)

Two community secondary schools in Bury won a significant victory last week, as the Labour controlled council completely backed down after an eight month battle with parents, teachers and pupils.

The Schools Organising Committee last week rejected the council’s proposals to the delight of the protesters.

These were to close the two schools with the highest levels of deprivation and the largest number of children with English as a second or other language in the borough.

Roy Wilkes, an NUT teachers’ union member at one of the threatened schools, said, “Our campaign victory opens up the opportunity for us to raise our sights to defend our schools from closure and privatisation and to resist the neo-liberal offensive in education.”

Campaigners organised a number of demonstrations and lobbies.

One of the high points of the campaign was when six of the group stood in the May local elections against Labour incumbents, helping to unseat four of them.

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Sat 29 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2011
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