South Gloucestershire and Gloucesterhire schools set to close as strike looms
SCHOOLS throughout the region are to close on Thursday as teachers from two of the country’s largest unions strike over changes to pay, pensions, workload and conditions.
Thousands of parents in Gloucestershire will have to seek alternative arrangements for their children as a large proportion of schools have been forced to close, either partially or fully.
A balloting of members of the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers paved the way for the industrial action, which is expected to last one day.
At Rednock Secondary School and Sixth Form in Dursley, only the older students are expected in on Thursday, October 17, with classes for year 11, 12 and 13 running as normal.
Headteacher David Alexander said the school was going to concentrate on the years heading for their exams.
Katharine Lady Berkeley's School in Wotton-under-Edge is also partially closed, with years 12 and 13 offered the opportunity to use the school and its facilities to study.
Slimbridge Primary School will closed for the day, while reception and year one classes will be closed at Cam Everlands Primary.
Cam Woodfield Infant school is also expecting only a partial closure, with mole, badger, hedgehog and owl classes running as usual. Only fox and squirrel classes will be closed.
At Cam Woodfield Junior School, only willow, oak and rowan classes will be open.
Uley, Shaprness, Cam Hopton and Coaley primary schools will remain fully open, as will Dursley Primary Academy.
Kingswood and Berkeley primary schools will also stay open for the duration of the strike.
In Thornbury and the surrounding area, the Castle School will be one of the education centres to close, as will Marlwood School in Alveston.
St Mary’s Primary School in Thornbury and St Peter’s Primary School in Pilning are also expected to be shut.
Gillingstool and Manorbrook will stay open, as will Oldbury, Almondsbury, Charfield and Severn Beach Primary schools.
In Yate and Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne International Academy will be closed to all students as will Tyndale Primary School, Elm Park Primary School.
Chipping Sodbury and Brimsham Green schools will be closed with access for sixth form students only for independent study.
A number of other primary schools will be partially closed. The Ridge Junior School in Yate is open for classes one, two, five, seven and eight.
Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cotterell is open to years two and four only and an after-school gardening club has been cancelled.
Manor Primary School in Coalpit Heath is closed to year one only and Raysfield Infant School in Chipping Sodbury will open only to classes two and five and St Michael’s Primary School in Winterbourne is open to year two only.
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