A number of schools in the Grantham area will be closed or partially closed on Tuesday when teachers go on strike.
Among those schools affected will be King’s School, Priory Ruskin, Walton Girls’ High School and Sir William Robertson Academy, all of which will be partially closed with some pupils told to stay at home. Cliffedale Primary School will also be partially closed and Barkston and Syston Primary School will be closed. Parents of children at Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn have been told the school will be closed to pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Headteacher Mark Guest said: “Neither the Governing Body nor the headteacher is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so. Nevertheless, our main concern is the safety of our pupils.” Lincolnshire County Council has published a list of all schools on its website informing parents and guardians whether or not a school will be affected by the strike. More information on the council website
Teaching unions are going on strike over proposed changes to their pay and pensions.
Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, said: “We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children. This will determine whether they should close for the day or not. Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”
David O’Connor, Executive Director for Performance and Governance, said: “Trade unions have balloted for industrial action in response to proposed national changes to pay and pensions. This is not a local dispute and is likely to affect many public services across the country. As a responsible authority, we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure vital life and limb services are maintained. Plans are also in place to minimise any disruption to other council services and we have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if some are taking leave to look after their children.”