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Hundreds join online campaign to reinstate Wirral headteacher
A CAMPAIGN to reinstate a Wirral headteacher is gathering pace as hundreds of parents join an online group.
Ridgeway High school suspended headteacher Pauline Roberts and another teacher earlier this year, saying it was "business as usual" at the school.
Now more than 250 people, including former students, have joined a Facebook group calling for the pair to be able to return to work and are in the process of organising protests.
Some parents praised Ms Roberts for improving the school in recent years and helping it go "from to strength to strength."
But they also expressed their frustration at the lack of news regarding the situation and complained about the amount of time it was taking to investigate the unknown allegations.
Neil Towers, whose grandchild attends Ridgeway, wrote to the Globe: "How long are we going to tolerate the fiasco going on at Ridgeway High School involving the suspension of the best headteacher the school has ever had.
"The delay in dealing with the allegations has done no credit either to the school governors or the local authority.
"Ridgeway High School needs strong and focused leadership particularly at this time when the new build is near.
"As a grandparent of a student at the school can I please urge all the community to get together and show support for an outstanding head teacher.
"As a group we had a voice when the local authority wanted to close the school and they were forced to listen. It is once again our time to stand up and be counted.
"This appalling state of affairs has lasted from the middle of August. How slow can Wirral go?"
During investigations deputy headteacher Tony Taylor has taken the reins of the school while governors have insisted that the suspension was a "neutral act."
In a statement in August, chairwoman of the board of governors Jane Gordon said: "Tony Taylor has worked at the school for 10 years and we would like to thank him for stepping in during this time.
"We would like to stress that suspension is a neutral act which allows an investigation to take place, and add that we look forward to resolving this matter to the satisfaction of all concerned.
"We would also like to reassure pupils, parents and staff that it will be business as usual at Ridgeway, and that staff and governors are working together to ensure that the children continue to work in a happy and supportive atmosphere.
"We continue to have the pupils’ welfare and best interests at heart."