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Teachers strike: 30 schools announce closures
THIRTY schools across Bucks have announced they will at least partially close on Thursday due to the teachers strike.
Fourteen have already confirmed they will be completely closed as staff walk out for the day.
In South Bucks the schools which had stated by 11am today that they will not open at all on Thursday are:
- Ash Hill Primary School High Wycombe
- Ibstone Church of England Infant School High Wycombe
- Manor Farm Community Junior School High Wycombe
- Newtown Early Years and Infant School Chesham (Pre-school not affected)
- Robertswood School Chalfont St Peter
- Waterside Combined School Chesham
Partial closures at south Bucks schools announced as of 11am today are:
- Burnham Grammar School - will be open ONLY to students in Years, 11, 12 and 13
- Chalfonts Community College Gerrards Cross- The College is CLOSED for KS3 students. OPEN for KS4 and Sixth Form students.
- Great Marlow School Marlow - only Years 12 and 13 should attend school. Work for Years 7-11 will be placed on the VLE by teachers not taking action.
- Hawridge & Cholesbury Church of England School Chesham - Windmills and Year 6 will be closed for the day. Pupils of all other classes should attend as normal.
- Heritage House School Chesham - Kestrel and Jay classes will be closed for the day and pupils in these classes should not attend school on Thursday.
- Holtspur School Beaconsfield
- Sir William Borlase's Grammar School Marlow - open to Years 11-13 only. Children in years 7-10 should consult the school's VLE for work on the day.
- Sir William Ramsay School High Wycombe - closed to students in Years 7,8,9 and 10. Students in Year 11, 12 and 13 should attend as normal.
- Woodside Junior School Amersham
See a FULL LIST HERE.
The two unions behind the industrial action said last week they expect all schools to be affected, at least by partial closures.
The NUT and NASUWT together represent 85 per cent of teachers.
Teachers are in dispute with the government over what they describe as excessive workload, and bureaucracy, cuts and other changes to teachers' pay, adverse changes to their pensions and job cuts.
Annette Pryce, Bucks County Secretary of the NUT, told the BFP: "Morale is at an all time low. It is high time that (Education Secretary) Michael Gove seriously discussed teachers' concerns.
"He has stated an agreement to talk, but not to make any compromises on anything he has already decided. This is disingenuous.”
The Department for Education has said in a statement the strike was disappointing and cited a poll saying 70 per cent surveyed either opposed the strikes or believed that teachers should not be allowed to strike at all.
It said: "All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
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