1. ITV Report

Protests over 'brilliant' headteacher's suspension

Drew Povey is credited with turning the struggling school around Photo: Channel 4

The school made famous by hit TV show Educating Greater Manchester closed today as parents protested against the suspension of its headteacher takes place outside the gates.

Parents and pupils made a stand outside Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton in Salford on this morning.

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It follows the suspension of Drew Povey and three other bosses last week.

A statement on the Harrop Fold website, published on Wednesday evening, said:

Due to protests planned for tomorrow and the distressing effect on our students today, we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the school tomorrow.

School will be open as usual on Friday, July 20, and will close as planned at 12.30pm for the summer holidays.

– Harrop Fold website

Pupils were due to hold a ‘silent’ protest on the school field before lessons followed by a demonstration by parents calling for Mr Povey to be reinstated.

Mr Povey has vowed to clear his name after he and three other members of staff were sent home last Thursday.

Producers of the programme said the show will not be cancelled.