Parents protest over Wirral head teacher's suspension

Parents of pupils at a Wirral grammar school have staged a protest about the suspension of its head teacher.

Andrew Hall was suspended from Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby last October and faces a disciplinary hearing with governors next week.

School governors have said his absence is "not of a financial or child protection nature" but parents say they have not been given the full details.

His supporters gathered outside the school at midday.

The parents are calling for the governing body to resign because of the way Mr Hall's case has been handled.

Restore confidence

One of the protest organisers, Matthew Bayliss, said parents just want him to get a fair hearing and for the matter to be resolved.

Mr Bayliss, who has a child at the school, has set up a Facebook group which already has 500 members.

The 1,450-pupil school became a trust school in January 2009, meaning it sets its own staffing and admissions policies.

Wirral Borough Council still funds the school but can only intervene in its day-to-day running if it is thought educational standards are slipping.

Parents want a new governing body to be brought in to restore confidence and to make sure Mr Hall's case is not prejudiced.

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