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Staff to Strike in England and Wales - 1st March 2023

Dear Parents/ Carers

Following the industrial action taken on February 1st by members of the NEU union, a further date of Wednesday March 1st has been scheduled. In line with the first strike, this is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay and school funding, and not because of any issues at our academy. Other teaching unions have again directed their members not to cover lessons of other teachers who are on strike.

We are getting in touch to give you as much notice as possible that learning will be disrupted on Wednesday 1st March.

As we are unable to staff a full timetable for all years safely, we have taken the decision to close for learners in Years 7-10. Due to preparation for upcoming GCSEs including our mock examinations, we will be open for Year 11 learners who should arrive at the academy at normal time and in full academy uniform. Where a normal Year 11 classroom teacher is unavailable, learners will be involved in study skills and revision sessions lead by the academy's senior leadership team.

We are sorry about the disruption to you and to your child’s education. We understand that this situation may be frustrating and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect. Our academy remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our learners and delivering high-quality teaching.

We are working closely with our staff union representatives to keep up to date with the situation, and we will inform you of any changes to the arrangements, based upon expected staffing levels as soon as possible via Weduc, social media and on our website. Due to the ever-changing situation this may change as late as Tuesday 28th February 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact

Yours faithfully

Mr AP Landers