A UTTOXETER middle school has announced it will close for the day as a result of industrial action.
Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, is closed to pupils on Wednesday as teachers take to the picket lines in an ongoing dispute between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Government over excessive workload and bureaucracy and changes to pay and pensions.
St Mary’s First School in The Heath is closing to Tigers and Bears classes but all others will remain open.
Ryecroft Middle School in Denstone Road, Rocester is open as normal for all pupils in Years 5 and 6 and pupils in 7B. Pupils in 7A will have school until 2pm and school will start at 11.45am for all pupils in Year 8.
Steve Bardon, head teacher of Ryecroft Middle School, said: “Fortunately we’ve been able to keep things running as normal for most.”
Talbot First School in Kingstone and St Peter’s First School in Alton will also be closing for the day.
Hutchinson Memorial First School in Checkley will be open to the ‘Owls Class’ only.
All Saints First School in Denstone is closing for children in class one and class three.
Oldfields Hall Middle School, in Stone Road, and Thomas Alleyne's High School, in Dove Bank, are open as usual for all year groups on Wednesday.
Commenting on the ongoing trade dispute, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The NUT announced national strike action on March 26 as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which we are in dispute: pay, pensions, jobs and workload.
“Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better.
“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68.”