You were made aware from my previous letter dated 13th March that the National Education Union (NEU) have declared strike action for two days on Thursday 27th April and Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over matters such as teachers’ pay, funding for schools, working conditions and not because of any issues at our college.
Regrettably, an overwhelming majority of teaching staff intend to strike and therefore our risk assessment forces us to take appropriate action. Given the lack of available teachers on Thursday 27th April and Tuesday 2nd May 2023, the college will be closed to most pupils in Years 7-10.
We can accommodate all Year 11 pupils on these days and so these pupils must attend the college as normal, arriving by 8.45am.
A small number of Year 11 pupils will be completing their scheduled examinations for French Speaking and ESOL on these days and should come prepared to do so.
Some Year 11 pupils may be focussed on iMedia, Sport and Music.
Most Year 11 pupils in Year 11 will follow a timetable of lessons including, Maths, English, Science, RE and Geography or History and should be prepared for these each day.
Parents and carers of those pupils eligible to attend in Years 7-10 will be contacted via MyEd later today and tomorrow with further details. For students in Years 7-10 not eligible to attend the college, remote learning will be made accessible through Satchel One on the day.
All pupils attending on these days are expected to be in full uniform. The college bus services will be running as normal, and food will be available at break and lunch as usual.
On behalf of the college, please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused and we hope that this action is brought swiftly to an end.
Mr G R Potts MBE DL