Published: June 24, 2011
Two Highbridge schools set to close during teachers strike

Two schools in Highbridge will be closed next Thursday (June 30th) when staff join a national strike to complain about changes to their pensions.

Churchfield School will be closed to all pupils and King Alfred School will close to pupils in years seven to ten.

It comes as members of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers join the industrial action.

Churchfield head teacher Wendy Nelder told "About half our staff are joining the strike, so we have taken the regrettable decision not to open that day."

And King Alfred School head teacher Andy Owen said: "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 to inform you that due to this industrial action the school will be closed on Thursday, June 30, to students in years seven and ten. Please note that year seven camp will go ahead as planned, as will year ten work experience. The school will be open for year 12 students.

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


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