The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have called a national one day strike about changes to the pension schemes of their members. The strike will take place on Thursday 30 June 2011.
As the school has a high proportion of NUT and ATL members and I am not permitted to ask members of other unions to cover lessons for striking colleagues, I am writing to all parents to outline the arrangements I will be putting in place to deal with this situation.
Neither the Governing Body nor the Head is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so.
However, our main concern is the safety of our students and, given the strength of support for this action, we will not be able to operate a normal school day safely. Therefore, we will be operating a partial closure of the school.
The school will be OPEN to all students in Years 7 and 12, but will be closed for students in Years 8, 9, 10 and the Autism Unit.
Year 7 students should attend school as normal on the day in full school uniform with all the necessary books and equipment for lessons on that day. Year 12 students should bring some work with them which they can complete independently in case there are occasions in the day when they are required to do this. Buses and taxis will operate as normal on the day for students.
In addition, the following visits will go ahead as arranged: -
Year 10 Trip to Thorpe Park – students should arrive at the school by 8.15 a.m.
Year 11 Catering visit to London
We must hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.
Mrs C Woodend