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William Parker School in Northamptonshire reopens after protest

A Northamptonshire school has reopened with a police presence after closing on Friday when a pupil protest descended into chaos.

Two PCSOs are to keep watch at William Parker School in Daventry all week, the school has confirmed.

Police were initially called to the school on Friday lunchtime as fire alarms were repeatedly set off during a protest over a staff restructure.

Police said that two "culprits" were being spoken to by the school.

School evacuated

Nicola Horsefield, the school's deputy head teacher, said the protests had been based on a misunderstanding.

"Some students believed that staff that had moved onto other schools had been sacked, which is not right.

"It was a peaceful protest but then the fire alarm was set off.

"Procedures were in place but the fire alarm was set off again - several were set off at the same time, and the school had to evacuate."

Police helped staff regain control.

A police spokesperson said that PCSOs at the site said the week-long police presence at the school was to provide reassurance to the staff and pupils.

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

Insp Paul Valentine said: "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."

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