A group of parents has organised a protest outside a Northampton primary school following the announcement a popular receptionist was taking early retirement.
A letter was sent to pupils’ parents informing them that Ann Priest, who has worked at Briar Hill Primary School for 20 years, is leaving tomorrow (Friday) after deciding to take early retirement.
Many parents have been shocked by the announcement and decided to register their displeasure and were due to protest outside the school this morning.
Some parents have even suggested not sending their children into school for the day.
Kerry Barratt, who has a daughter at Briar Hill Primary, set up a Facebook page in support of Mrs Priest.
She said: “I’m really upset about her going as she has been there for me whenever I needed her and my children love her so much. Lots of parents are not happy she is leaving.”
The Facebook page has more than 300 members.
Briar Hill Primary School became part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) earlier this year. Tania Watts, headteacher, sent a letter to parents on Tuesday telling them receptionist Ann Priest was leaving, and invited them to a special assembly at the school on Friday at 2.30pm. Ms Watts paid tribute to Mrs Priest’s “dedication and commitment to the school”.