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1st February - Industrial Action

1st February 2023 - there will be a partial school closure affecting year 9. Please read for further details.

Dear parents and carers,

You will be aware from media coverage and my communication earlier this week that the National Education Union (NEU) has declared strike action, which will take place on 1st February, 1st March, 15th March and 16th March. 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 school. 

I am now getting in touch to give you as much notice as possible about our arrangements for Wednesday 1st February 2023.

Having carried out a full risk assessment that is based upon the numbers of staff that are likely to strike, there will be a partial closure of the school.

Year 9 will be expected to remain at home.

All other year groups (years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13) to attend school as normal.

The year 8 trip to Birmingham will take place, as will the Year 8 STEAM day onsite.

I am sorry that you will have to make alternative arrangements for your year 9 child at short notice, and that they will experience disruption to their education. I will be mindful of this when we review the arrangements for the planned strike on 1st March where different arrangements may apply.

For students that are attending school there is likely to be some adaptations to their normal day. At times, this may include the supervision of students in the main hall.

Further information will follow regarding remote provision for year 9 students who will be at home.

We are working closely with union representatives to keep up to date with the situation, and I will inform you as soon as possible if arrangements change further. Rules relating to industrial action mean that we are unable to accurately identify the number of staff likely to engage in strike action, so we continue to refine our planning based upon the information available to us.

I understand that this situation will be frustrating, and apologise that in this instance I do not feel that we will have the numbers of staff available to have all our children on site. I am sure that all members of our school community will continue to treat each other with respect around these decisions. The Minster School remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and delivering high-quality teaching.

 

Kind regards,

Ben Chaloner - Head Teacher