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Industrial Strike Action – Academy Closure

Please see the following update to our initial post which can be found here and subsequent post ahead of the second strike day here.

The teachers’ union, NEU are taking further industrial strike action in England and Wales on:
Wednesday 15th March 2023
Thursday 16th March 2023.

The other main teaching union, the NASUWT, has directed its members not to cover lessons of those teachers on strike. Regrettably this means that we are unable to open the Academy as normal

Arrangements for Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023

Students should open Google Classroom from 9am where they will see announcements in their stream if their normal timetabled lesson will be taught remotely by those members of staff who are not on strike. Materials will be posted after the lesson time should any students be unable to join the live lesson. Our Online Student Services page provides links to a range of high-quality, web-based learning resources to support students in subjects where their teacher is on strike. 

All Year 11 students are required in the Academy on Thursday morning for their History or Geography mock examination. They should arrive at 8:50am as usual, and will be finished by 11:15am (or slightly after if they are entitled to extra time). Many Year 11 students are also required in the Academy at other times on Wednesday and Thursday; your child will bring home a personalised letter showing their full schedule for each day. We may also invite a small number of Year 13 students into the Academy for some intensive work. If this is the case for your child, then we will be in contact. 

If your child is entitled to the government free meals scheme and you would like a packed lunch to be provided for your child on any of the strike days, please see full details and register here.

As with during the pandemic, we will remain open for our most vulnerable students for whom being home alone may not be appropriate. We will be in contact with you in due course if your child meets the criteria for this provision. 

We may also be able to provide very limited supervision for the children of key workers in Years 7 and 8, to allow children to attend and use an Academy device to access their online learning. If you are a key worker and have no alternative childcare solution then please register here. Students attending the Academy must bring their own headphones to use for their online learning. 

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