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Schools announce closures ahead of tomorrow's teaching strike
Updated 1:07pm Tuesday 25th March 2014 in News
SEVERAL schools in south Bucks have announced they will be shutting completely on Wednesday due to a planned teacher’s strike.
Kings Wood School in High Wycombe and Manor Farm Junior School in Hazlemere are among those that will be completely closed to pupils.
Other schools affected include Great Marlow School and Ash Hill, in High Wycombe, which will both be partially closed.
More schools are expected to be added to the Buckinghamshire County Council list before Wednesday – announcing both full and partial closures.
Some schools, including Highworth Combined School in High Wycombe, have told parents they will be fully closed but have not yet been included on the county council’s closures list.
Similarly, Hamilton Academy, also in High Wycombe, has informed parents it will be partially closed - to Year 1 and 6 pupils, as well as to class 2M – and Wye Valley School has said pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 should not attend, while the school will be open to other year groups.
Other schools have issued similar advice to parents.
Members of the NUT teaching union are intending to take industrial action as part of an on-going campaign against planned and implemented changes to national pay, conditions and pensions.
Bucks NUT Secretary, Annette Pryce, said: "Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job.
"Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated, not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction.”
For the full list of confirmed closures and partial closures on Buckinghamshire County Council’s website, click here.
For up to date information parents and carers are advised to check directly with the relevant schools.
NOTE: The Buckinghamshire County Council school closures list did not seem to be working correctly as of 9am on Tuesday morning (March 25), and stated there were no planned closures ahead. NUT strike action is continuing as previously indicated, however, and the web page is working again this afternoon.
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