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Strike Action - Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July

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 next week.


Although they are 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 Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July. Having assessed the staffing situation, I can now confirm the following:


At South View Infant School

Owl, Mole and Rabbit classes closed on both Wednesday and Friday.


At South View Junior School

Class 6NB closed for Wednesday only.


There will be breakfast club as usual at both schools for those children whose classes are open.


Active Play through Storytelling after-school club will not be held, at the infant school, on Wednesday. Other after school clubs will go ahead as usual.


If your child is entitled to free school meals and is in one of the classes that is closed, please contact the school office by 4 pm on Tuesday and/or Thursday to choose your child picnic lunch option.  All lunches ordered will need to be collected between 11.30 and 12.30 on strike day.


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

Executive Headteacher