I am writing to inform you about strike action that is being taken by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) on 5 July and to advise you about arrangements for the school on that day.
NUT members have voted to take discontinuous strike action. This means there will be a series of strike dates, with the first strike day on Tuesday 5 July 2016. The NUT has said that further strike days could follow in the autumn term.
Why has the NUT called a strike?
The NUT states that its strike action is over two issues - school funding and the deregulation of national pay and conditions for teachers.
What does this mean for our school?
Teachers in our school who are members of the NUT may choose to be on strike on 5 July and on subsequent dates in the autumn term if the dispute is not resolved by then.
How will this affect my children?
As head teacher, I am responsible, in consultation with the chair of governors, for deciding what will happen in our school on the day of the strike. Because it is not clear at the moment how many teachers who are members of the NUT may be taking strike action, the decision I have made is that the school must be closed to all pupils for that day.
I appreciate that closing the school will cause inconvenience for families and it is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I can assure you that in forming my decision I have taken into account the well-being of all pupils and their families and school staff.
Mr A Beale
Head of School