A CHRISTIAN primary school has quietly removed the cross from its logo just two months after it opened - prompting a protest from furious parents.
Eagle-eyed mums and dads noticed the religious symbol had been removed from the badge of Oak CE Primary School in Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, in a newsletter sent out last week.
Now some parents say they will refuse to put their children in uniforms with the redesigned logo.
Reacting to the outcry, headteacher David Bendall, told how the oak tree logo - which was designed by a pupil - was just "temporary".
But parent Chelsea Fox says she believes the school quickly ditched the logo because the cross had been deemed "offensive".
She said: “The offensive card is always played and this one time I was proud of something, only to have it snatched back.
“I’m not only disappointed, I’m disgusted."
She added: “Yes it has remained a Church of England school as it is the church that keeps it open.
“That needs to be given more respect.
“Thank the church for your children’s school instead of complaining about a logo.”
The school – the largest primary in Huddersfield – was created by Kirklees Council’s merger of Crosland Moor Junior, Dryclough Infants and Thornton Lodge nursery schools.
Parents claim complaints had triggered the school to have a change of heart over the logo, which had been created during a competition among the three schools merged to form it.
The religious imagery has now been replaced by three branches of the tree.
Images show school uniform was produced with the original religious logo but it is thought only a handful of samples were made and they were never put on sale.
Even Mr Bendall, was pictured in front of a banner with the new logo when the school launched after the Easter break.
The children were given stickers with it on to cover up their old school badges.
But last week parents noticed the logo had changed when a school newsletter was sent out.
A letter sent by Mr Bendall to parents on Monday, claimed the logo featuring the cross was never confirmed as the final version.
Niki Trepak, who has four children at the school, said: “Staff have said people have complained about the cross yet the head is saying it was only temporary.
“Why would you make temporary banners and produce temporary uniforms?”
The school is in a diverse area with a high Muslim population but Niki said she thought parents of all beliefs accepted that the school was a Church of England school.
She added: “I’ve got quite a few Muslim friends at the school and I asked them does the cross offend you and they said no.
“This isn’t about race, it’s the fact that they’ve removed the cross so as to not offend people.
“If it’s going to remain a Church of England school it should keep the cross.”
Another mum branded the change as “disgusting”, adding: “...they will want all the crosses taken out of the school next.”
In a statement via Kirklees Council, headteacher David Bendall, said: “The logo featuring a cross was a temporary design whilst we made the transition to becoming Oak Primary School.
“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.
“Changing the design to include three branches also meant we could signify the way Oak Primary was formed, which was three schools joining together as one.
“The decision was made jointly by governors and the diocese and the change does not in any way alter the identity or ethos of our school.
“We are a very diverse community school and it’s central to our ethos that children of all backgrounds are treated exactly the same.
“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.”
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