NEU Members Strike - Update for Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Date Published:
Wednesday 25 January 2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will be aware from coverage in the media that, due to proposed industrial action, in accordance with the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992, the National Education Union (NEU) are calling upon their members to strike. While the planned action is as a result of a national dispute between the unions and the government, and not the Gosforth Group it is important that we respond accordingly.

The proposed industrial action will take place on Wednesday 1st and Tuesday 28th February, and Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023.

Our plans for Wednesday 1st of February 2023:

Key Stage Three

As a result of the planned strike action by the National Education Union (NEU), we will unfortunately have to close our school to Year 7, 8 and 9 students on Wednesday 1st February 2023 and we would ask you to make arrangements for childcare for these dates. If you child’s teacher is in school, work will be set on Frog that can be completed at home.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause you. Please be assured that we never take the decision to close or partially close a school lightly. Under these circumstances and due to the number of staff we are expecting to be on strike, we cannot offer our usual school operation safely.

Key Stage Four

It is our intention that we will stay open to Year 10 and 11 students on Wednesday 1st February. If our position changes, we will inform you of any plans as soon as possible.

Upon arrival at school on Wednesday 1st February, Year 10 students are asked to report to the Theatre and Year 11 students to the Refectory. All students are required to bring with them a reading book and some revision material. If your child’s teacher is in school then they will be sent to their normal lesson. If any of your child’s teachers are not in school then they will be supervised in either the Theatre or Refectory for that period.

The next planned strike action will take place on Tuesday 28th February and we will be in touch with further details about that day.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Pete Fox, Principal