#ProtectDurand continue protest at Harris Federation merger

Campaigners against the merger of a Stockwell primary school into an academy chain marched to the Department of Education in Westminster amidst heavy snow on March 20.

The #ProtectDurand campaign aims to halt Durand Academy’s merger with the Harris Federation, instead arguing for a partnership with Streatham-based Dunraven School.

Around 25 parents and children joined the protest, prompted by schools minister Lord Agnew declining an offer to meet with parents.

Victoria Robinson, vice-chair of Durand Academy governors, said: “The march was about demonstrating to the Department for Education that we are open for dialogue and just want an opportunity to secure the best possible future for the school.”

A spokesperson for the Harris Federation said that 60 members of Durand staff had requested the governors stop their opposition.

They said: “We agree that any further delay risks more disruption for the school after what has already been a turbulent and uncertain time.”

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