26 January 2023
You will be aware from media coverage that the National Education Union are taking strike action,
in the first instance this will occur on Wednesday 1st February 2023. The strike is happening
because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over pay and inadequate
funding for schools.
I’m getting in touch to give you as much notice as possible about our arrangements for 1st
February. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of students and staff in college and
also to prioritise students who are taking GCSE examinations in May and June of this year.
Having considered our staffing levels we have concluded that we will not be able to accommodate
Year 7 and 8 students in school on Wednesday 1st February. Teachers, who are in school, will post
work in their relevant Google Classrooms for students in Year 7 and 8 to complete. Students in
Year 7 and 8 should follow their normal timetable and check the Google Classrooms of the
subjects they normally have on a Wednesday.
Students in Year 9,10 and 11 will attend school as normal on Wednesday 1st February. Please
note that this may be subject to further change as teachers’ individual circumstances may change
between now and February 1st leading to further disruption. We will of course keep you updated.
School buses will be running as normal and the college canteen will be open.
I am sorry that some of you receiving this letter now have to make alternative arrangements for
your child at short notice, and also that they will experience some disruption to their education. I
understand that this situation may be frustrating, and would ask that all members of our college
community continue to treat each other with respect and understanding
We are working closely with our staff union representatives to keep up to date with the situation,
and I will inform you as soon as possible if these current arrangements change further.
Please do not hesitate to contact the college if you have any further questions.