STRIKE: Schools to close

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ALMOST all of South Holland’s secondary schools and a number of primary schools will close on Wednesday as teachers go out on strike over proposed changes to their pensions.

Lincolnshire County Council has a list of the schools which have informed it of closures on its website, but parents are advised to check with their school for up to date information.

Spalding Sir John Gleed, Kirton Middlecott, University Academy Holbeach, Long Sutton Peele Community College, Bourne and Donington Thomas Cowley will be closed.

Spalding’s Grammar School will be open only for children in years 11 and 12.

Spalding High School has put plans in place to prevent inconvenience to parents during the strike.

Although there will be no lessons at the school, a few staff will be on hand to supervise youngsters who wish to use study facilities and for those whose parents are unable to arrange alternative childcare.

Headteacher Tim Clark said: “We have about 40 staff not coming in to work so we are unable to go ahead with lessons, but if parents have trouble with childcare, children can come in and use the library or computers.

“The last thing we want to do is alienate parents because the issue isn’t with them.”

Primary schools who have notified Lincolnshire County Council of their intention to close include Gosberton Primary, Long Sutton Primary, Sutton St James Primary, Cowbit St Mary’s, Pinchbeck East Primary, Spalding Parish Church Day School and Moulton John Harrox. Spalding’s St John’s will be partially closed.

In South Kesteven, Bourne Academy will be closed and pupils in years nine and ten at Bourne Grammar School are being told to stay away. Only the sixth form will remain open at Deepings School.