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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Strike Arrangements

Due to the strike on Wednesday, 26th March school will be open for Years 11, 12 and 13 ONLY. There will be no school for years 7-10.

Dear Parent/Carer

As you may be aware from the national news, the National Union of Teachers
(NUT) has called for strike action on Wednesday 26th March 2014. The strike is
over national disputes around pay, pensions and working conditions.

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.

We are not yet able to confirm numbers of staff involved, but it is clear that the
school will face some considerable disruption – we will however make it a priority
to protect examination classes as much as possible from losing school time.
Therefore the school will expect to be open on Wednesday 26th March 2014 for
Years 11 – 13. There will be no school for Years 7 – 10.

Advance notice of arrangements for Year 11, 12 and 13

Students in Years 12 and 13 will have lessons as normal. There will however be no
morning registration. Students should arrive in school 10 minutes before their first
timetabled lesson. If their lesson is not running the usual study facilities will be
open to them. Students will be able to go home at the end of their last timetabled

Students in Years 11 should arrive at school punctually by 9.00am and will
proceed to class at 9.10am for their normal Period 1. Where there is no teacher to
take the class students must go to the school hall where supervised study will be
made available. All students should therefore ensure that they have sufficient
appropriate study material with them in case of this eventuality.

The school catering services will be operating as normal.

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