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Tuesday's school strikes: those hit so far
in Echo News
STRIKING teachers will bring disruption to schools across south Essex tomorrow.
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Classrooms will definitely close in all but one Southend secondary school and most primary schools as teachers walk out over pay, pensions and workload.
Unions have no obligation to tell schools whether members will strike but many schools informed parents of closures over the weekend after teachers came out for or against action. Some schools have posted messages on their websites explaining what is affected.
Most secondary schools have tried to keep classes running at least for pupils facing exams.
Bev Williams, headteacher of Belfairs Academy, Leigh, which will close to pupils in years 7 to 10, said: “This action is not against the academy itself but is part of national industrial action organised by these trade unions about changes to the pension schemes of their members.
“There is no requirement on unions to inform us of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.
“Neither the governing body nor the principal is legally allowed to close the Academy 'in sympathy' with the strike. However, our main concern is the safety of our students.”
Almost all secondary schools in Southend and 11 of its primary schools will be at least partially closed tomorrow, the Echo can reveal. In all, classrooms will close in more than two thirds of schools in the borough that made information available.
Kerry Short, who found out her son’s school, Temple Sutton Primary School, Southend, would close tomorrow(said: “I feel for the parents who work and now have to try and find baby sitters at such short notice, telling people on the Friday is not good.”
“We have to consider carefully several factors. I have to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students.”
Castle View School, the Deanes School and the King John School, both in Thundersley, and six of the district’s primary schools will be at least partially closed tomorrow, the Echo can reveal.
In all, classrooms will close in more than two thirds(69%) of schools in the district that made information available.
But Jotmans Hall Primary School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, and Kents Hill Junior School, all in Benfleet, and Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey, will all be open.
Confirmed so far, Southend:
Belfairs Academy, Leigh: Partially closed
Cecil Jones College, Southend: Partially closed
Chase High School, Westcliff: Partially closed
St Bernard's High School and Arts College, Westcliff: Partially closed
St.Thomas More High School, Westcliff: Partially closed
The Eastwood Academy, Eastwood: Closed
Barons Court Primary School and Nursery, Westcliff: Hopes to open
Eastwood Primary School, Leigh: Closed
Friars Primary School, Shoebury: Closed
Hinguar Community Primary School, Shoebury: Closed
Milton Hall Primary School, Westcliff: Closed
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Leigh: Closed
Richmond Avenue Primary School, Shoebury: Closed
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Southend: Hopes to open
St George's Catholic Primary School, Shoebury: Hopes to open
St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Southend: Partially closed
St Helen's Catholic Primary School, Westcliff: Closed
Temple Sutton Primary School, Southend: Closed
Thorpedene Primary School, Shoebury: Closed
Chalkwell Hall Junior School, Leigh: Open
Earls Hall Junior School, Westcliff: Open
Leigh North Street Junior School, Leigh: Open
Bournes Green Infant School, Thorpe Bay: Open
Chalkwell Hall Infant School, Leigh: Partially closed
Earls Hall Infant School, Westcliff: Open
Confirmed so far: Rochford district
The King Edmund School, Rochford: Closed
The Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh: Partially closed
Down Hall Primary School, Rayleigh: Open
Edward Francis Primary School, Rayleigh: Closed
Holt Farm Infant School, Rochford: No info available
Holt Farm Junior School, Rochford: Open
Plumberow Primary School, Hockley: Partially closed
Riverside Primary School, Hullbridge: Open
St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Hawkwell: Open
Confirmed so far, Southend: Basildon
The Billericay School, School Road, Billericay- closed
James Hornsby School, Leinster Road, Laindon- partially closed
Millhouse Infant School and Nursery, Tavistock Road, Laindon- partially closed
Oakfield Primary School, Scott Drive, Wickford- partially closed
Quilters Infant School, Laindon Road, Billericay- partially closed
Quilters Junior School, Laindon Road, Billericay- closed
Ghyllgrove Community Infant School, The Gore, Basildon- closed
St Anne Line Catholic Infant School, Wickhay, Basildon- closed
The Kingswood Junior School, Clay Hill Road, Basildon- closed
Wickford Junior School, Market Road, Wickford- partially closed
Confirmed so far: Castle Point
Castle View School, Canvey: Partially closed
The Deanes School, Thundersley: Partially closed
The King John School, Thundersley: Partially closed
Hadleigh Junior School: Closed
Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Benfleet: Open
Jotmans Hall Primary School, Benfleet: Open
Kents Hill Junior School, Benfleet: Open
Kingston Primary School, Benfleet: Partially closed
Thundersley Primary School: Partially closed
Westwood Academy, Hadleigh: Partially closed
William Read Primary School, Canvey: Closed
Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey: Open
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