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Troubled school will re-open from Thursday

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A primary school that shut with 'immediate effect' due to governor, teacher, parent infighting will reopen from Thursday, Trafford Council has confirmed.

Bollin Primary School in Bowdon, Greater Manchester had been closed due to concerns about a "reduced capacity of the senior leadership". The council said it was to "safeguard and protect pupils" following a video that had been released of teachers and parents chanting "You're getting sacked in the morning" - thought to be referring to the school's head.

It also follows a strike by teachers last Thursday that was supported by some parents who demonstrated outside school.

In a statement, Trafford Council said:

Appreciating the difficulties the closure of The Bollin Primary School has had on pupils, the Council, Governing Body and staff have been working very hard to make sure the school is reopened to pupils as a matter of urgency.

Following a comprehensive planning meeting earlier today, everyone involved is working towards a phased opening of the school from later this week. Parents are being advised of this phased opening and, subject to final confirmation that the necessary measures are in place, will be updated with confirmed arrangements tomorrow, Wednesday 1 March 2017.

The current proposal would see the school open on Thursday 2 March 2017 for Key Stage 2 pupils only. On Friday 3 March 2017, Key Stage 1 pupils would be invited back into school, with Early Years pupils returning on Monday 6 March 2017.

The Council has thanked parents and carers for their patience, during what it appreciates has been an extremely difficult time.

– Trafford Council