23 January 2023

23rd January 2023

Dear Parents / Carers,


As you are probably aware, ballots have been carried out by a number of teachers’ trade unions to determine whether their members agree to take strike action, following a dispute which has arisen between the unions and the government about teachers’ pay.  This has not arisen due to any issues at the school.


The outcome of the ballots has been announced, and only the members of the NEU have voted to take strike action at this stage.  Other unions who balloted did not meet the required thresholds.


The NEU have announced they will be striking on the following dates that would affect our school:


Wednesday 1st February 2023          All schools in England

Tuesday 28th February 2023             Schools in North and North West England, Yorkshire 

and Humber

Wednesday 15th/                                Two day strike in all schools in England

Thursday 16th March 2023


It is our intention to keep school as open as we possibly can on these days and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that this is the case.  However, in doing so, I must ensure that we are able to meet health and safety requirements for pupils and staff who do not wish to strike.  As a result, we have started the process of planning for the strikes and considering whether the school may close or partially close on those days.


In the event that it becomes necessary to close or partially close the school, we will provide as much notice of this as we can.  In the event of a partial close, we will be prioritising the attendance of Year 11 students, vulnerable children and children of critical workers.  This is in line with government guidance.


We appreciate the need for you to be updated at an early stage so that you can make alternative arrangements if your child is unable to attend school.  Planning does take some time as rules relating to industrial action mean that we are unable to accurately identify the exact number of staff that are likely to engage in strike action.  We realise that this may cause you disruption, for which we apologise.  We continue to work with our union colleagues as the situation develops.


I hope to be able to update you further by the end of this week.


Yours sincerely,


Mr A Conroy