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Youth – School badge scandal

September 2016

Parents at a Church of England primary school in Huddersfield have expressed anger after the school removed a cross on its new school badge.

The school is the result of a merger between three schools around Crosland Moor, near Huddersfield. The cross formed part of a pupil’s winning entry, in a competition to design the new badge for the merged school. However, it was dropped following alleged complaints. It has now been replaced by three branches of a tree to symbolise the three previous schools (picture shows logo, before and after).

Head teacher David Bendall claimed in a statement the original badge was only a ‘temporary design’. He said, ‘It was not confirmed as the final logo and was amended to give more prominence to the tree, which not only reflects the school name, but is also an ancient symbol representing many beliefs.

‘We hope people will agree that a logo is only a symbol — a school’s qualities are not brought alive by a picture, but by the thoughts and actions of the people within it’.

But according to reports, parents were outraged, with one saying she had spoken to Muslim friends at the school who said they were not upset about the cross logo. Quoted in reports from the Christian Institute, Niki Trepak, who has four children at the school, said, ‘I’ve got quite a few Muslim friends at the school and I asked them does the cross offend you and they said no. If it’s going to remain a Church of England school, it should keep the cross’.

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