Newton High site.
He said: "From what I hear they just all walked out after lunch and it seemed pre arranged. A letter had been sent to the deputy head saying that the protest was going ahead.
A six week consultation period over the closures began in March and ends this week. It is believed that is why pupils chose Thursday to stage their protest.
If proposals get the green light, the planned merger of both schools would see a 33m joint faith academy by 2011.
A 15 year old pupil, who has asked not to be named, said: "We don't want this! We were never given our say about these plans and that's no way to go about it. Now is the day for our voice to be"We don't want our school to be knocked down."
In February St Helens Council's Executive voted to approve the publication of Statutory Notices which propose the closure of Newton High School and St Aelreds.
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St Helens Council has issued a statement in response to the protest. A council spokesperson said: "There was a peaceful protest at St Aelred's when some pupils wished to register their
the Council. "At no time did anyone demand that they return to lessons and at no point were pupils refused the chance to sign the petition. The
In the coming months St Helens Council's Executive Committee will make a final decision on the schools' fate.
The Secretary of State will then make a final decision on whether to approve the Newton Academy, which supporters say would create a cutting edge learning centre for 1650 pupils aged 11 to 18.
The pupils' actions were backed by Gerard Hoinville (45), who has a daughter at the school.
objection to proposals for the new Academy. "The Executive Head Teacher met with a small delegation of pupils to listen to their views and they were given e mail Under Armour Shoes Black And Yellow access to send their views to the
Pupils walked out this afternoon, gathering on nearby fields.
all my family went to that school. I support the actions of the kids. We have boycotted the decision, but it doesn't
look like anyone is listening."
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HUNDREDS of angry pupils staged a walk out at St Aelreds Catholic Technology College this afternoon to protest against plans to merge with Newton High School and create a 33m Academy.
Previously, council chiefs have said the final outcome should be known in June.
"They (the school) said that if more than 25 pupils took part in a protest they couldn't stop them. But I don't think they expected this, every pupil did it.
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