July 5, 2016
Highbridge's King Alfred School closed today due to teachers strike

Highbridge's King Alfred School was closed on Tuesday (5th July) due to a strike by teachers over school funding.

The industrial action was undertaken across the UK by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

King Alfred School's headteacher Denise Hurr explained in a letter to parents: "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 to students."

"This action is not against the school itself but is part of industrial action organised by the trade union."

"Having conducted a risk assessment and consulted with the Chair of Governors I regret to inform you that due to this industrial action the school will be closed on Tuesday 5th July to students in all year groups. Year 7 Camp will go ahead as planned."

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

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney said school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the nationwide strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Nearly 25% of NUT members voted in the strike ballot - of those who voted, 91.7% supported strike action.


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