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November 25, 2011

Friday 25th November 2011 – Industrial Action Wednesday 30th November

Filed under: Whole School @ 5:33 pm

25th November 2011

Dear Parent/Carer,

We wanted to write to explain the school’s situation in relation to the upcoming industrial action on the 30th November. This action is related to the Government’s proposed changes to the public sector pension scheme. On this occasion the unions balloting involved more staff as it included headteachers, teachers and support staff.

This obviously has greater implications on the safe running of the school. Many teachers/support staff have been able to share if they are planning to take action and although they are under no obligation to share this until the morning of the 30th November they have done so to minimise the impact on the children and families.

Under such circumstances, schools are not allowed to approach supply agencies or ask non-striking teaching/support staff to cover classes where teachers have chosen to take industrial action.

To date, the following members of staff have made the decision to take lawful industrial action. Please remember this dispute is between union members and the government and not against the school employers.

Year 4 – Maple Class (Miss Pearmain)
Year 4 – Jackalberry Class (Mrs Phillips)
Year 5 – Tamarind Class (Mr Senior) – Mrs Brown cannot be asked to cover Tamarind class
Year 6 – Mrs Rye (covers all of Y6 for PPA on a Wednesday afternoon)

We have therefore decided to make a difficult, but necessary decision, to initiate a full school closure on Wednesday 30th November.

Despite having some teachers/support staff in school on Wednesday 30th November, after a detailed risk assessment, we decided the school would have to be closed to all pupils as their health, safety and well-being would have been compromised.

We are aware that enforced school closures inconvenience parents and carers and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Kind regards,

Mr D Campbell Mr A Harris
Headteacher Chair of Governors

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