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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Strike Action

The school will be partially open on Wednesday 28th March 2012. Find out how your child might be affected...

Dear Parent/Carer

I am sorry to inform you that the National Union of Teachers has announced a day of strike action against the Government’s Pension Plans on Wednesday 28th March 2012. This will unfortunately have a significant impact upon our ability to offer classes to all students on that day, as eighty staff are members of the NUT.
The Leadership Team has undertaken a risk assessment concerning the impact of the strike in the school. We have concluded that there are many gaps in provision that we are unable to fill, including teaching, SEN support, Health and Safety cover and the full supervision of students at break and lunchtime.
The assessment balanced these realities against the fact that we are in the final preparation stage for Public Examinations. Consequently, the school will open for students from Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 on Wednesday 28th March 2012. Hopefully the majority of classes will take place; however where classes are cancelled, students will have supervised study. Supervision will be the responsibility of senior staff. Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer provision beyond the above and students from years 7, 8 and 9 should stay at home. In the event of follow up action we will prioritise our younger students when assessing our ability to offer classes.
Once again, I have to express regret for the inconvenience that the part closure of the school will cause. I remain hopeful that this dispute will be resolved soon, in the interest of our children.
Yours sincerely
Michael Kiely