NEU Strike Action - 1st March 2023
Posted 16th February 2023
Mr Wilding has sent out a message to all parents and carers regarding planned strike action by the National Education Union (NEU) on 1st March 2023.
To all parents and carers,
You will be aware that the NEU have called a second strike, to take place on 1st March.
As with the strike action on 1st February, I want to give parents/carers as much notice as possible of the implications of this strike for the opening of school and to help parents/carers plan childcare.
Our current plans could change and I will inform you all at the start of next half-term if this is the case.
Following our experience of 1st February, I feel we can safely open school on 1st March to Year 11 and Year 13 students only.
The numbers of staff likely to be absent means we cannot have all students on site and by having Year 11 and Year 13 in school, we are prioritising the students with exams this summer.
Year 11 and Year 13 students
School will start at 9am and students should go straight to Period 1 classrooms, where they will be registered. Students will be allowed on site from 8-50am; students should not arrive to school before this time.
Lessons for students in Year 11 and Year 13 will run as normal, if teachers are in school.
Where teachers are absent, Year 11 will work on revision tasks and Year 13 will work as they usually would for IS. All lesson times are the same as normal and school will end at 3-00pm.
Food will be available for students at break and lunch time as normal, in the main school Dining Hall. Mr Archer will communicate further information to parents/carers and students in Year 13.
Students in Years 7-10 and Year 12
Lessons will be set remotely on Teams, as they were on 1st February.
Teachers will set lessons on Teams by 8-50am on the morning of 1st March and students should log in to lessons at the normal start times. Teachers who have Year 11 and/or Year 13 classes in school may be a few minutes late to starting lessons on Teams for other Year Groups.
Where teachers are absent and lessons are not set on Teams, students should access work from resources shared previously, on 1st February.
Arrangements for students eligible for Free School Meals will be the same as on 1st February. Food will be available during the normal school lunchtime, from 1-20pm to 2-00pm; students coming to school for lunch should enter via the Pastures Hill entrance.
A small number of our most vulnerable students will also be invited to attend school on 1st March. Our SENDCO and/or DSL will make contact with parents/carers of these students individually.
Separate decisions will be made about whether school can open on 15th and 16th March, if these further planned strikes go ahead. I feel it is fair to make parents/carers aware now, however, that school would not be able to open for more than one or two Year Groups, at most, if staff absence remains as expected for any future strike days.
Thank you for your continued support.