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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School


Due to strike action the school will expect to be open on Thursday 10th July 2014 for Years 10 and 12 only.

2nd July 2014

Dear Parent/Carer

I regret that the dispute between the government and teaching/support staff unions has yet to be resolved.

As you may be aware from the national news, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for strike action on Thursday 10th July 2014. The strike is over national disputes around pay, pensions and working conditions. The NUT will be joined in their action by other unions representing the non-teaching staff at the school, in their action regarding pay.

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 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 Thursday 10th July 2014 for Years 10 and 12 only. There will be no school for Years 7, 8 and 9.

Advance notice of arrangements for Year 12

Students in Years 12 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 lesson.

Students in Years 10 are taking their end of year examinations and should follow the existing arrangements for examination week.

The school catering services will be operating a cafeteria service.

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