Pupils at John Cleveland College in Leicestershire have voted to strike after their demands to have the length of their lunch break increased from 45 minutes to 1 hour were not met.
The row started after the discovery by 15 year old John Steadman that other schools in the area have a longer break for lunch.
’45 minutes simply isn’t long enough’ said John ‘it barely gives us enough time to walk down to Asda for some light shoplifting and littering and get back in time for the next lessons. And we’re already at a disadvantage with our break starting 15 minutes later, by the time we get there the lads from other schools have already nicked the best stuff.’
Acting in his role as spokesman for the newly formed Union of Pupils John claims that a strike was the last thing anybody wanted but that demands for a longer lunch break simply aren’t being taken seriously by teachers.
Head teacher Gordon Springall responded to the announcement by saying ‘Given that I’m due to walk out in a couple of days along with the rest of the teaching staff it would be somewhat hypocritical of me to condemn the action being taken. But I don’t agree that the lunch break isn’t long enough and cannot consider extending it without causing great upheavals by completely rearranging the school day. And as a responsible educator the last thing I want to do is inconvenience anybody.’