You may be aware from national press and media that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) is involved in a day of industrial action on Tuesday 5th July. This is part of the on-going national industrial action after members voted in favour of action to address school funding and to resume negotiations on teachers’ contracts.
In consultation with the Governing Body, we have relucantly decided to close the school to all students on Tuesday 5th July.
Staff who are members of other professional associations and therefore not involved in industrial action will be working in school on planning, preparation and assessment.
However, national union agreements do not allow us to use staff who are not taking action to cover for staff that are. This would mean that on a day full of interruptions, supervision for students who did not have their teachers would be impossible resulting in health and safety concerns. Each school will be affected differently by this day of industrial action dependant on the membership of this particular professional association. Parents who have sons or daughters at other schools will be informed how this action will affect them, if at all.
As dialogue between teaching unions and the Government is on-going, please be assured that if there was further union action, we would, as in this case, judge the situation on its merits and make all attempts to remain open. Should circumstances change and the NUT withdraw their intent to take industrial action on this occasion; the school will of course review this decision and share this information with parents accordingly.
We value the excellent support we receive from parents and thank you for your understanding.
Chair of Local Governing Body