Riley family launch petition for disciplinary action against Colnbrook C of E Headteachers

The grandfather of expelled Riley Pearson has launched an online petition calling for disciplinary action against the headteachers of Colnbrook Primary School.

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The family of Riley Pearson has escalated the dispute, which began with their son’s exclusion in February with a dispute over a packet of Mini Cheddars.

The school permanently excluded Riley, now 7, after an initial 4 day exclusion for having banned snacks in his lunch box. Mr Meek cited a “persistent breach of school policies” and “an irretrievable breakdown” of the relationship between the school and parents.

Last month school governors overturned the exclusion order, highlighting legality concerns under the Education Act 2002.  The Act prohibits pupils from being excluded for the actions of their parents.  However, at the “reintegration” meeting the following day Chair Jean Pinkerton attempted to impose a gagging order and a ban on the parents entering school buildings – and Riley’s younger brother remained excluded.

 

Parents, Tom Pearson and Natalie Mardle, rejected the restrictions and moved Riley to another school.

The family said at the time that they would escalate the matter further.

We feel that these two so called Headteachers Mr Jeremy Meek & Mr Paul McAteer should not be working with children.

The e-petition on the Change.org website calls for “appropriate disciplinary action” to be taken against Headteacher Mr Jeremy Meek and Executive Headteacher Paul McAteer and insists that the pair should not be working with children.

Riley's grandfather, Steve Pearson

Riley’s grandfather, Steve Pearson

Steve Pearson’s petition says Meek and McAteer should not be working with children:

“Riley had been away from school for almost 7 weeks due to the failings of the above people and they must take responsibility of their actions.

“If the parents kept their children away from school for more than 4 days they would be fined, these two Headteachers should be fined and lose their jobs.”

The petition is being targeted at the Chief Executive of the Education Funding Agency, Peter Lauener, the Education Secretary, the Rt Hon Sir Micheal Gove MP, and Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of OFSTED.

The petition can be viewed here.

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