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Striking pupils warn they are ready for fresh walkout

Around 150 students refused to enter St Aloysius’ RC College due to concerns over exclusions and high turnover of teaching staff

05 April, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Executive head Jane Heffernan talks to pupils who protested outside the school gates

STUDENTS say they are prepared to “strike again” after a chaotic week at St Aloysius’ RC College in Archway.

Around 150 pupils refused to enter the school in Hornsey Lane for four hours on Monday morning in protest at exclusions at the school and the large number of teachers who have left in the past year.

The students eventually formed a committee made up of representatives from Year 10 to sixth-form who presented a list of demands to headteacher Jane Heffernan. She criticised the students and labelled the protest “unhelpful”, but agreed to listen to a few of their concerns.

Pupils say they are prepared to strike again if all of their concerns are not addressed after they return from Easter holidays.

The students were backed by the National Education Union, parents and teachers who contacted the Tribune following the protest.

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