SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL YEAR 9 STUDENTS ON TUESDAY 5th JULY 2016
As you may have seen in the national news, we have been informed that the NUT (National Union of Teachers) will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Tuesday 5th July. Unfortunately, the School will be closed to all Year 9 students – Due to the potential impact on the timetable and staff absence due to strike action it will not be possible to open the school to Year 9 students. Please be assured that we are very conscious that this is an important time for students and we have done everything we can to not let any students down.
The school will be open for students in Years 7 and 8 only – full attendance is expected for these year groups. Year 10 should attend their college taster session as originally planned.
Year 9 students should work at home and review the work they have done over the year. If possible they should undertake some mathematics learning on their ‘my maths’ account and complete any homework and preparation for forthcoming lessons.
The action is not against the school but is part of national industrial action organised by the NUT about changes to pay and conditions.
There is no requirement for unions to inform us of which members of staff will take action and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call. Therefore, we are not quite sure how many teachers and support staff will take action.
Neither the Governing Body nor the Headteacher is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so. However, our main concerns are the safety and education of our students.
The school will remain open and we expect full attendance from Year 7 and 8 students. The day may also include additional sessions on Maths, English, Study Skills and Private Study time. Every student in Year 7 and 8 should bring their PE kit and training shoes in which games/sport can be undertaken in case there is an opportunity for sport.
We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible. Thank you for your continuing support and understanding.
Mr P Wilson