ALL three Uttoxeter middle schools have confirmed they will see partial closures for the latest round of teacher strikes on Thursday.
Oldfields Hall Middle School, Ryecroft Middle School and Windsor Park Middle School will close to certain classes, as teachers take to the picket lines on July 10 in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Windsor Park Middle School will close to certain classes in Years 5, 6 and 7 but will open as usual to Year 8 and also for Year 4 transitions.
Oldfields Middle School will close to Year 7 and Ryecroft Middle School will see some students staying at home for part of the day.
Phil Slack, head teacher of Windsor Park Middle School, said: “We are pleased to say we are partially open to ensure the smooth transition of Year 4 who are joining in September.
“We will also be open to Year 8.
“However we are closing the school for Years 5, 6 and 7.”
Julie Rudge, head teacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “A number of teachers who are part of the NUT union will be striking.
“There will be some impact on lessons but we have looked at our health and safety and we feel able to manage the impact.
“We are therefore planning to open as normal.”
Head teacher of Oldfields Hall Middle School Nick Brown said: “Having carefully reviewed the implications of this industrial action on our staffing levels, we have had to take the decision to close the school to Year 7 students only on that day.
“Students in Years 5, 6 and 8 should report to school as normal on Thursday.
“Parents of children in Year 7 are therefore asked to make alternative arrangements on this day and Year 7 students only should not report to school.
“I apologise for the inconvenience that this partial closure will cause to Year 7 parents. The school will be open normally from July 11."
A spokesman for Ryecroft Middle School said: “We have received notification that some teachers and support staff in our school will be taking part in strike action on July 10.
“The dispute is discontinuous and as such there may be more dates in the next academic year which we will inform parents of in advance.
“Having carefully reviewed the implications of this industrial action on our staffing levels, we have had to take the decision to partially close some parts of the school."
St Mary’s First School will be closed to the Tigers and Crocodiles classes on Thursday.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “The Government is still failing to make progress on our trade dispute.
“For teachers, performance related pay, working until 68 for a full pension and heavy workload for 60 hours a week, is unsustainable.
“Strike action is a last resort for teachers and we deeply regret the disruption it causes.
“Michael Gove can still avoid the strike by engaging in serious negotiations on substantive issues.”
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “Further strike action will only disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”