Published: June 30, 2011
Schools in Brent Knoll and Highbridge closed by strike action

Three schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being affected by a national strike by teachers today (Thursday, June 30th).

Churchfield School in Highbridge and Brent Knoll School are both closed to all pupils.

And King Alfred School is also 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 over pensions.

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."

St Joseph's, Burnham - Open
St Andrew's, Burnham - Open
Burnham Infants - Open
Berrow - Open
Churchfield - Closed
East Huntspill - Open
Brent Knoll - Closed
West Huntpsill - Open
King Alfred - Closed for years 7-10

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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