Strike spreads as more schools shut for the day

Acting headteacher Will Scott (front third right) with children at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding', which is only open to Years 11, 12 and 13 students today because of strike action.
Acting headteacher Will Scott (front third right) with children at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding', which is only open to Years 11, 12 and 13 students today because of strike action.
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More children across South Holland and The Deepings will be spending today at home as industrial action hits more schools in the area.

So far, four primary and two secondary schools have decided to close for the day as teachers strike over plans to link pay with classroom performance and pension reductions.

University Academy Holbeach and Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, are both closed today along with Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James, Fishtoft Academy, Quadring Cowley and Brown’s Primary School and Fourfields Primary School, Sutterton.

Dozens of other schools are only open to students sitting GCSE, AS-level and A-level exams this year, including Spalding High School, Peele Community College, Long Sutton, and Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

In a letter to parents, acting headteacher Will Scott said: “We have looked at the possible consequences for our school on October 1 and these are significant.

“In doing so, we have tried to balance the issues of the safe supervision of large numbers of students given greatly reduced staffing levels and the need to secure their continuing education, particularly those engaged on examination courses.”

Andy Hawkes, headteacher of Linchfield Community Primary School, told parents in a letter on Friday that he hoped the strike would not be “too problematic” for them and children would be given homework for the day.

However, schools unaffected by the strike include Spalding Grammar School, Pinchbeck East Primary School and Westfield Primary School, Bourne.

David O’Connor, executive director for performance and governance at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks to minimise any disruption and ensure vital services are maintained.”