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eachers at a school embroiled in a row over uniform rules which are claimed to discriminate against Muslim and black students have threatened industrial action and “overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence” in its principal.

Scores of pupils at Pimlico Academy in Westminster, central London chanted “we want change” and walked out of school early on Wednesday in protest against the school hierarchy.

Police officers were seen at the school grounds during the protests.

A new uniform policy ushered in by head teacher, Daniel Smith, last year, which stated that hairstyles that “block the view of others” would not be allowed and hijabs “should not be too colourful” sparked agitation that came to a head on the last day of term.

School uniform protest / PA Wire

National Education Union (NEU) members from Pimlico Academy on Tuesday night “overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in the head teacher and to move towards a ballot for industrial action”, an NEU spokeswoman said.

An indicative ballot is scheduled to be held after the Easter break, which could potentially lead to strikes.

The NEU said since Mr Smith took over as principal last September, the entire senior leadership team at the school has resigned.

Pauline Buchanan, NEU London regional secretary, said: “Members have not taken this decision lightly.

“This vote is in response to serious failures of management which members believe are bringing the school into disrepute.

“As well as NEU members’ trade dispute over the industrial issues, members have strongly expressed their solidarity with students’ concerns and their desire for an anti-racist school.”

A statement purportedly on behalf of students railed against “racism, Islamophobia and transphobia” and said pupils were angry at a lack of recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement.



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