Strike Letter 1st February

Wednesday, 25th January 2023

Dear Parents/Carers

As you may be aware, the National Education Union, in accordance with the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992, has announced strike action. The proposed dates for this industrial action are:

·         Wednesday 1 February

·         Tuesday 28 February

·         Wednesday 15 March

·         Thursday 16 March

The action may result in some partial or whole school closures across the country. The decision to close a school to all or some students is never taken lightly and we will always try our best to keep the school open to as many students as possible. In order to take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of students, a risk assessment has to be carried out to determine if there is a need for a full or partial closure of the school.  Amongst other areas this risk assessment considers:

·         Whether there are likely to be enough suitably qualified staff to enable students to be supervised safely

·         If we can guarantee student to staff ratios will be met

·         Our ability to ensure our emergency procedures including fire and evacuation, can be carried out

We will treat each strike day as an individual instance and decide separately about what will happen at Caldew School. Parents/carers will be informed as soon as a decision is made.

I am writing to you today to inform you of our plans for Wednesday 1 February. Unfortunately, due the reasons outlined above, we will be partially closed and the school will be open to Years 11, 12 and 13 only. Students in all year groups who have EHCPs will also be able to attend school as normal.

Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will not attend school on this day. Students in these year groups will receive remote learning via Firefly. If students cannot remember their Firefly log in, they should tell their form tutor by Friday 27 January. There is no requirement for teachers who are on strike to set work. Students should log onto Firefly at 9am to see which lessons have been set. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause parents and carers. We will let you know as soon as possible about what will happen on the other strike days.

Yours sincerely

Vicki Jackson


Leaders have created a welcoming and supportive environment at this school. Pupils and students achieve well in their learning. They are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment and training.

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