Wiltshire

Hundreds join Facebook campaign to keep Swindon teacher

More than 200 people in Swindon have joined an online campaign to keep a popular deputy headteacher.

Even Swindon Primary School is currently carrying out a review of its budget.

A Facebook group, called 'Even Swindon will not be the same without Mr Jones', was created following parents' concerns that Colin Jones may be made redundant.

The school said it was undertaking a "whole school review", adding it would be inappropriate to comment further.

One Facebook user said: "Mr Jones represents everything that is good about that school."

'Extremely touched'

Another Facebook user said: "It seems to be a decision based purely on business and not one concerning the best interests of the children."

Even Swindon's headteacher, Robin Phoenix-Stone, said: "The school is undertaking a whole school review.

"It is therefore inappropriate to comment during this process."

A spokeswoman for the school said they were undergoing a "confidential" process into looking at a "whole review of the school budget".

Mr Jones has issued a statement on the school's website.

He said: "During these difficult economic times it is inevitable that tough decisions need to be made.

"I acknowledge that the correct procedures are being followed which may unfortunately lead to redundancies and I appreciate the professionalism of all concerned.

"Whilst being extremely touched by the outpouring of support I would request governors are left to follow due process.

"I remain a staunch supporter of the school and would like to ensure pupils can continue learning successfully without undue distraction."

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