Final Strike Update!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to open school at all on Thursday 10th July 2014. More staff have now informed me that they will be taking industrial action and we will not have enough staff in school to operate safely.

Therefore, school will be closed on Thursday 10th July 2014.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Susan Papas View All →

Executive Headteacher

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  1. I thought I needed to make a comment or more to the fact a point.
    I am a working parent and organising childcare for the school holidays is tough enough, but when parents are given 2 days notice that the school will now be closing and not the odd few classes as first advised, it becomes increasingly difficult. I am not lucky enough to have family nearby to help out, so have to spend extra on childcare costs to cover 2 children out of school for this day whilst both my husband and I go to work.
    The children also lose out on a days education, whereby you make the point of stressing that a child’s education is important and children must attend school. Then why is it that we as parents are not allowed to or are preferred not to take our children out of school for holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances, when it seems quite alright to close the school at short notice.

  2. Hello Tracey,

    I am so sorry about this. We tried really hard to ascertain who would and wouldn’t be striking. However, staff are within their rights to make this decision any point up to and including the day of the strike. We did think that we would manage with a partial closure, however, there are so many staff now saying they will strike we do not have enough people to open safely.

    As a working parent, I understand how frustrating this must be. It really is outside our control.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  3. Hello Susan,

    Thank you for your reply and I do understand the why’s and wherefore’s for the strike, but just felt that I needed to voice an opinion.

  4. Hello Susan,

    Can I take this opportunity to commend how you have managed the strike action. I am a Union Member and aware that there isn’t any obligation to notify managers of the intention to strike. The very fact that you had such information conveyed to you shows the respect you command and in turn it allowed you to make a informed decision about whether to still have the school open as usual.
    We can only imagine how innundated the “blog” would be with disgruntled Carers if children were allowed into school without the requiste adult/child ratio being adhered to and an accident occured.
    I echo your comment “It really is outside our control” and add it’s the nature of the strike for somebody/someone to be inconvenienced and there will be casualties od such action.
    My Office today is devoid of it’s occupants and the tumbleweed is happily floating around……

    Thank you very much.

  5. I am not TOTALLY unsympathetic towards the striking teachers HOWEVER being a full-time working single Mum, being giving two day’s notice of the school closure was a nightmare. The irony of parents being fined for taking their children out of school, mainly due to having to work full-time and not being able to take leave during holidays, has not gone unnoticed here! Ms Papas; I think you maybe aware of my other gripes to this regard but do not wish to air dirty laundry as it were!

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