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Battle of St George's Part 3
 

The pupils speak out...

"They're trying to shut down our school. They've got sheep on our football pitch. They're not listening to us, and they're charging us for protesting! They don't care!"
Heather Ennis - St George's High School pupil


Becky Traynor: "We're all doing our GSCEs this year but we wanted to do something on behalf of the school. We tried letters and comments in the local papers but a march makes more of a statement and an impact."

Lizzie Finch: "The main feature of Little Hulton is Netto - it's a place that deserves a good school."

Hannah McCarthy: "I reckon they just want to put houses on the St George's site - a school doesn't make money."

Heather Ennis: "We got a really good OFSTED report, it doesn't make sense. They just want massive schools with loads of children but the little ones are really good, you know who everyone is when you walk down the corridor."

So they organised a demo...

School kids, parents, teachers, trade unionists, local residents, even the grannies, the whole community were up for it, waving St George flags, wearing St George hats and carrying banners with one message "We want our school to stay".

At the end of Feb 2008 around 1000 people took part in Salford's biggest demonstration in living memory, against the proposed closure of St George's RC High School in Little Hulton. It wasn't called by some old activists, but by a group of the school's Year 11s under the banner of Justice4Georges. They formed the campaign after being disgusted that their views were not being listened to. At a post-demo rally in the school hall, every one of the group who stood on the stage with a mic said the same thing.

"They've got to listen to us now!"

 

blake sheldon wrote
at 21:24:57 on 13 October 2011
st georges is staying open

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