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School Closure of Newtown C of E Primary School - Wednesday 1st February 2023


Dear Parents and Carers


Further to my previous letters to you on the 20th and 27th January 2023, regarding the industrial action by members of the NEU Teachers Union, I now have a clearer picture of the extent of the impact of the industrial action on our school. I have also completed a risk assessment of our capacity to run the school safely and effectively without striking members of staff and those members of staff affected by the industrial action at their own children’s schools.


As mentioned in my previous letters, I asked teachers to let me know if they intend to strike so that I could let you know in advance whether any classes would be closed. There is no legal obligation for staff to give advance notice of their intention regarding action, however, the large majority have done so. Our dedicated teaching team have thought long and hard about what to do in this situation with most keen to acknowledge their frustrations with the Government and significant, prolonged underfunding of schools and the education system. They value the strong and positive relationships with families and our local community. They have therefore been forthcoming with information regarding their intentions for the upcoming industrial action.


Based on the information to hand, I have decided to close the school to all pupils on Wednesday 1 February 2023. 


With the support of the Chair of Governors, I have looked at various scenarios regarding a partial opening for specific groups of children, however we simply will not have the staff to meet our statutory safeguarding obligations.


Those pupils in receipt of free school meals will also bring home with them today, their lunch for tomorrow. The senior leaders remaining at the school tomorrow will be ensuring welfare checks are made by telephone to children and families identified as vulnerable by the education provider or local authority.


All pupils will bring home a home learning pack today, for tomorrow and this will also be sent via our school ping communication system. This can also be accessed via our Home Learning Pages on our website


I fully understand that this decision may be frustrating for all of us, but please be assured that no member of staff has taken the decision to strike lightly, and they are doing so to protest about the continuing and long term underfunding of our schools, education as a whole, working conditions, and the inadequate pay of all including support staff.


I will be on the school gate today if you have any questions or queries.


Yours sincerely

Mrs. W Mitchell

Acting Headteacher