Strike Action - 15th and 16th March 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, in recent weeks the National Education Union (NEU) balloted their members on industrial action. I am writing to you today to explain what this means for our federation for this coming week.
Although not obliged to, I would like to thank the staff for informing me of their decision ahead of the strike days, therefore allowing me the time to inform you of the situation, thus avoiding last minute plans needing to be made.
The NEU has confirmed that its members will be striking, with national strikes scheduled to take place on 15 and 16 March (this Wednesday and Thursday).
Having assessed the staffing situation, I can now confirm the following:
At South View Infant School
Wednesday – Owl, Mole and Rabbit classes all closed
Thursday – Owl, Badger, Mole and Rabbit classes all closed
At South View Junior School
Wednesday – 4LK, 6NB classes will be closed
Thursday – 4LK class will be closed
There are other non-class based staff striking as well, which will affect SENDCo support and intervention teaching on Wednesday, at the junior school only.
There will be breakfast club as usual at both schools for those children whose classes are open. However, there will be no after school clubs at either school on these 2 days.
The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is critical and so I am sure you will understand that I have not taken this decision lightly but I will not have enough teaching staff available to run classes safely.
Whilst we are giving you early notice about this, it is still possible that arrangements will change further, potentially even on the strike day itself, given the nature of industrial action. However, I will of course endeavour to keep you as informed as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me or a member of my senior leadership team.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.
With best wishes
Mrs S Pape