27th June 2016
Dear Parents and Carers
NUT Day of action – Tuesday 5th July 2016
I am writing to inform you that the NUT, which is the main teachers’ union in this school, have called on their members to strike on Tuesday 5th July. I have already received official contact from the union to confirm that we have 28 teachers who are members and therefore may choose to join this strike. Given that we only have 40 classroom teachers in the school this represents a majority of our teaching staff.
As I have explained in letters prior to earlier strikes, the individual union members do not have to inform me of their intention to strike until the day of action itself. I will therefore not know the precise number of striking colleagues until the morning of the strike, since members are within their rights to withhold this information under union law.
Having taken all available information into account, and working together with my Leadership Team, I have decided to close the school to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 on the day of the strike.
Year 10 students will be attending a ‘Taster Day’ at Chichester College, visiting either the Chichester or Brinsbury site, and we are planning to continue with this activity. We will be staffing the visit using support staff and teachers who are not members of the NUT.
Our decision to close to Years 7, 8 and 9 is by no means a statement about the validity of the union action. Our aim, as always, is to support both staff and students as best we can under these testing circumstances. We are mindful that school closures place an additional burden on families but also that we have to be 100% confident that we will be able to keep students safe and well supervised if we remained open.
Many thanks for your continued support