Daventry's William Parker School closed after pupil protest

A high school in Northamptonshire has been closed for the day by its head teacher after police were called into deal with a protest by pupils.

Officers were called to the William Parker School in Daventry at about 12:10 GMT to assist teachers after fire alarms were set off following a peaceful protest by students.

The pupils were protesting over possible job cuts at the school.

The school was evacuated and lessons were cancelled for the day.

'No riot'

Northamptonshire Police denied reports on social-networking sites that a riot had taken place.

Insp Paul Valentine said: "We are aware there is a great deal of rumour surrounding this incident and many concerned parents as a result.

"We would stress that no riot has taken place at the school and this was a peaceful protest with no arrests, no damage and no injuries.

"Thanks to the good work of teachers and staff, the school has now returned to normal and pupils are back in class, however the head teacher has taken the decision to close the school for the rest of the day.

"As there is a great deal of traffic congestion outside the school, parents are advised to park in the nearby Phoenix Centre and walk to the school to collect their children."

He said officers were working with the school to identify the individuals who set off the fire alarms.

William Parker School is a specialist humanities college with children aged from 11 to 18.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites