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Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Following criticism that Ormiston Ilkeston academy stood in the way of letting sixth formers protest the decision to cut their department, the head teacher has denied stopping them.

The ‘Tiser received reports the afternoon that students were told not to demonstrate in the town centre to raise public support for their bid to save the sixth form, with one stating they were told ‘it would have a negative impact on the rest of the school’, and another claiming the head teacher, himself, said they would ‘get into trouble’ if they did.

Principal Dave Smith previously said: “The interests of our young people are always our number one priority.”

When asked if he did not consider their right to protest as within their interests he replied; “At no time have I told any student that they could not demonstrate.

“We fully respect our students’ democratic right to do so.”

Year 13 student Laura Kibble said she felt defeated when she decided to stay in school, after making signs to display in the market square.

She added; “I feel completely defeated. It just seems impossible that we can solve this. As passionate and angry as we are, we’re trapped in this situation and are being prevented from expressing our views equally.

“We’re not children, our opinion should be valid.”

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