Updated: November 24, 2011
Highbridge's King Alfred School to partially close as staff join strike

Highbridge's King Alfred School will be partially closed next Wednesday (November 30th) when staff join a national strike to complain about changes to their pensions.

The school will close to pupils in years 7-11 for the day, it has been confirmed this week.

In a letter to parents, headmaster Andrew Owen writes: "On 30th November several unions representing school and council staff will be taking industrial action."

"Whilst all efforts are being made to maintain essential services to children and young people, regrettably the industrial action will mean that the school will not be open as usual."

"This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by these trade unions about changes to the pension scheme of their members."

"Having conducted a risk assessment and having consulted with the Governing Body I regret that due to this industrial action the school will be closed to students in Years 7–11. The school will be open for Year 12 and Year 13 students."

"We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible."


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