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Staff to Strike in England and Wales - Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th March 2023

Dear Parents/Carers

You may be aware from media coverage that the teachers’ union, NEU, have declared strike action again which will take place on Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay, and not because of any issues at our academy. Other teaching unions have 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 15th March and Thursday 16th March 2023. It has been our intention for our academy to remain open as far as possible but unfortunately based on current estimated staffing levels we will have to close to a number of year groups.

As we are unable to staff a full timetable for all years safely, we have taken the decision to close for learners in Years 7-9. Due to upcoming GCSE examinations, we will be open for all Year 10 and Year 11 learners who should arrive at the normal time and in full uniform. Where normal Year 10/11 classroom teachers are unavailable, learners will be involved in study skills sessions lead by the 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 14th March 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact

Yours faithfully

Mr AP Landers