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School Closure: 4th and 5th July 2017

Letter from the Headteacher: School Closure 4th and 5th July 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

NUT Strike Action – Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July 2017

I am writing to inform you that the NUT have notified us that they plan to take industrial action which affects our school.   Teachers have been balloted nationally about strike action, which is being taken with the aim of protecting pay and working conditions. This is part of an ongoing dispute with the Secretary of State over Pay, Working Conditions and Cuts to School Funding.

As the majority of our teaching staff are members of the NUT and will not be available for work on the 4th and 5th July, I have had to make the decision to close the school to students in Year 7, 8 & 9* on these two days.  The decision to close the school or send students home is never taken lightly, but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, I have no choice but to take appropriate steps. I am aware that school closures disrupt students’ education and inconvenience parents and carers: I do regret this.

Year 10 students will have their internal exams on these two days, but will be dismissed from school once they have completed their exam(s) for the day.

Years 7, 8 & 9* No lessons, all students in these year groups must stay at home.

*Year 9 Tue 4th July ONLY Year 9 have a Guardian Project Workshop booked for the morning of 4th July 2017.  We are able to run this workshop but students will need to be dismissed home after the workshop has finished at approximately 10.15am.  If you wish you daughter to attend this workshop please return the reply slip on the letter she will bring home (click here) or phone the school office.

Year 10  Attend school at usual time, 8.40am.  The exam timetable will be adjusted so that students do not have lessons between exams but do have a break.  Students will be dismissed home as soon as they have completed their exam(s).  Students in receipt of Free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch.

Year 12 In school undertaking UCAS statements and attending lessons where possible

I apologise for the inevitable inconvenience this will cause.  School will be open, at the usual time, on Thursday 6th July.


Yours sincerely,

Ms Justine McDonald