Pupils back at troubled school

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PUPILS have returned to classes at a troubled Sheffield infant school after community groups came together to urge parents to drop their boycott.

Greenlands Infants in Darnall was thrown into turmoil before half-term after a member of staff was arrested following allegations of a sex attack on a pupil.

Many parents refused to send their youngsters to school, claiming they had not been fully informed. Up to 60 per cent of pupils stayed away.

But now the head of the nearby Greenlands Junior School has taken charge, with the infant school head Sue Daniels remaining on sick leave.

Parents from various ethnic groups in the area have now formed a committee to make their voices heard.

A Parent Action Community Team - PACT - has been set up representing Darnall’s Bangladeshi, Yemeni, Somali and Pakistani communities.

Spokesman Mothiur Rahman, who has a six-year-old daughter at the school, said letters had been distributed at local mosques last Friday pressing families to send their children to school as normal after the half-term break.

“Everything went smoothly and the children returned to school,” he said. “At the moment we are happy with the way the situation is being handled.

“We have met with education authority representatives and we are now waiting for the police investigation to be completed. The head is on special leave and we are not sure whether she will be coming back.”

In angry demonstrations before half-term much of the parents’ anger was directed at Mrs Daniels.

“We want to see justice for this child and it is an issue which affects every community. We need to fight together, we are all in this together,” Mr Rahman added.