Update: Schools being closed due to today’s strike

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Schools across Calderdale will be affected today (Thursday) as unions carry out industrial action.

The NUT is taking strike action alongside five other unions, Unison, FBU, PCS, GMB and Unite.

The NUT strike action across England and Wales is in pursuit of the disputes that Michael Gove has caused with the profession around pay, pensions and conditions.

Sue McMahon, Secretary of Calderdale National Union of Teachers, said: “Striking is the last thing we want to do, teachers deeply regret having to take strike action. We are aware that this causes problems and disruption for parents and carers. However, despite months in talks with Government officials, the real issues of our dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service have not been addressed

“The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, constantly denigrates and undermines our profession, by dismantling the national pay structure and introducing Performance Related Pay, we will see a generation of school children being denied access to a qualified teacher as demoralised teachers leave in droves.

“This strike is not about selfish teachers wanting to line their own pocket; it’s about standing up to the Secretary of State who allows unqualified people to teach and allows private companies to make a profit out of education.

“The fact that teachers are prepared to take strike action is an indication of the strength of feeling and anger about the Government’s imposed changes. The profession is on its knees. Strike action is a last resort but, due to the intransigence of the Coalition Government, it is one which we cannot avoid. Unless our concerns are addressed education will suffer, teacher shortages will worsen and morale in schools will drop even further. Michael Gove can avoid further disruption by engaging in serious negotiations and making changes to policy.”

The following schools will be closed:

Bradshaw Primary School

Burnley Road Academy

Castlefields Infant (Partially closed)

Central Street Infant and Nursery

Colden Junior and Infant (partially closed)

Ferney Lee Primary

Highbury School, Rastrick

Holywell Green Primary

Lightcliffe CE Primary

Mount Pellon Junior and Infant

Old Town Primary School

Park Lane Learning Trust

Parkinson Lane Community

Queensbury School

Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College

Rawson Junior Infant and Nursery

Ripponden Junior and Infant

St Mary’s Junior and Infant School, Sowerby Bridge
Riverside Junior School (partially closed)

Withinfields Primary

Brighouse High School will be closed to most pupils in Years 8, 9, 10, and 12. Year 7 should attend school for the planned Careers Day. Other pupils involved in projects or coursework activity may also be invited in to attend by teachers.

Brooksbank School, Elland will be closed except for year 10 and 12 students

Calder High School will be closed except for students in Year 12.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School will be closed for Years 7 to 11 but will be open all day for Year 12 students.

Sowerby Bridge High School will be closed to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 but will be open all day for Year 10 students.

Todmorden High School will be open until 1.30pm but to pupils in Years 7 and 8 only

The following schools will be open as normal:

Rastrick High School

Abbey Park Junior Infant and Nursery

All Saints Junior and Infant School

Ash Green Community Primary

Bolton Brow Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Bowling Green Primary School

Carr Green Primary (However, Nursery will be closed)

Christ Church School, Pellon

Christ Church CE Junior, Sowerby Bridge

Cliffe Hill Community Primary

Dean Field Community Primary

Elland CE Junior Infant and Nursery

Foxhill Primary School, Queensbury

Greetland Academy

Hipperholme Grammar Junior

Halifax Holy Trinity

Hebden Royd Primary

Norland CE Junior and Infant School

Northowram Primary School

North Halifax Grammar School

Rastrick Independent

Ryburn Valley High School

Salterlee Primary

Shibden Head, Hainsworth Moor Grove

St Andrew’s Infant School, Brighouse

St John’s Primary Academy, Clifton

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary

St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Halifax

St Michael and All Angels CE Shelf

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary

Stubbings Infant

Todmorden CE Junior and Infant

Trinity Academy, Halifax

Wainstalls School

Walsden St Peter’s CE

West Vale Primary School

Whitehill Academy

Woodhouse Primary

Longroyde Junior