Classes called off for the day as strike action hits school
STRIKE action at Crispin School, in Street, today means that the school will be closed for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The school will remain open for Year 11 – operating with reduced levels of staff.
Parents of children at the school were sent a letter first class in the post on Friday, October 11, informing them of the school's decision.
Crispin School had originally hoped to stay open for Year 10 as well, but due to the volume of staff on strike, has been forced to close to them.
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Crispin School head teacher, Paul James, said: "We will have sufficient staff to open for Year 11.
"Unfortunately due to staffing logistics we only need to have a small number of staff off to cause parts of the school to close.
"It is with great reluctance that we have made the decision to close to all other years."
Any changes in this decision will appear on the school's website www.crispinschool.co.uk.
Teachers across the country are striking over pay, conditions and pensions.
Teachers say they are deeply concerned about the impact these imposed changes are having on the morale of the teaching profession, the recruitment and retention of teachers and on the provision of quality education for pupils.
The NUT said: "Members of the NUT and the NASUWT teacher unions have been engaged in jointly co-ordinated industrial action short of strike.
"This action by our members has been designed to enable teachers to focus on the job of teaching and to prevent a crisis in the teaching profession which could have devastating consequences for our schools.
"However, the Secretary of State for Education is continuing to make changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service that are not supported by teachers and are making it much harder for schools to recruit and retain good teachers.
"The Secretary of State for Education is refusing to engage in genuine talks with the NUT and the NASUWT about teachers' concerns, despite numerous requests by both unions.
"Teachers deeply regret the disruption that will be caused by strike action.
"However, the Government's refusal to engage to resolve the dispute means that they have no alternative other than to demonstrate to the Government the seriousness of their concerns."
Teaching unions are striking over pay, pensions and working conditions after Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has proposed changes to these.
The changes would not only result in a longer school year and a longer school day but teachers are also facing changes to the national pay system and the current pension scheme.
Under the new pension scheme they would pay more money in, get less money back and have to work for longer before being able to retire.
St Dunstan's School, in Glastonbury, will be open as usual.