December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
More than a quarter of all schools across Suffolk are expected to be either closed today, or with restricted admission as teachers go on strike.
Last night 58 schools out of 336 were confirmed shut, with a further 40 only partially open.
However, parents are being warned to check the status of their child’s school as the number of closures will almost certainly rise.
In north Suffolk, Sir John Leman High School and Lower School in Beccles is only open to pupils in year 12 and 13, and at Bungay High School, Catherine Wiltshire, deputy head, has asked for only sixth-form students to attend.
In Lowestoft, Ormiston Denes Academy is closed, Benjamin Britten High School is open to year-11 students by appointment only, while Lowestoft Sixth Form College has confirmed a number of lesson cancellations.
East Point Academy in Lowestoft will be open to year-11 pupils, but lessons will not operate as normal.
Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “This is a national argument between the unions and the government and Suffolk children should not be dragged into it.
“Many people will ask how teachers can justify going on strike over pay and
workload concerns at the same time as wanting to improve educational attainment.
“We would certainly urge negotiation and discussion rather than strike action and hope to see as many Suffolk schools as possible remain open.”
Meanwhile 15 schools in the Fenland area look set to join strikes across the country today, with five schools expected to be fully closed and 10 partially shut.
Teaching-union representative Martin Field, who teaches at the Neale Wade Academy, in March, urged people to look beyond the pay element of the dispute and see the bigger picture about how the government was making an “assault on education”.
Mr Field said: “It is really about the deliberate
destruction of state education of which de-professionalising education and driving teachers to despair and illness is just one facet.”
The Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers representative, John Duveen, said: “There’s a lot going wrong in education at the moment, education is going through a major crisis, we hope by taking strike action the government will sit up and take notice.”
Schools closing in the Fenland and east Cambridgeshire area are Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, Earith Primary School, Fordham Primary School,
Leverington Primary School and Neale Wade Academy in March.
Other schools are partially closed, which means that if all the teachers are in from
a particular year group, then that year group can still come in to school as normal.
To find out what schools in Suffolk are closed log onto www.schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/ or in Cambridgeshire log onto www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/education/schools/schoolclosures/