Strikes by rail unions – Tuesday 21st June 2022

Dear Parent/Carer

As you will be aware, the rail unions are taking industrial action next week with the greatest impact being felt on Tuesday 21st June because both the tube and the rail network will have severe disruption. This will impact the school in the following ways:

  • Staff will not be able to attend or arrive very late for work.
  • Supply staff will also face the same travel difficulties to cover staff who are absent on the day; they will be a scarce resource from past experience.
  • Students will arrive late to school if using public transport as buses will have to absorb the excess travel requirements from the strike.
  • Primary school closures will mean childcare issues for some of our teaching and support staff.
  • The Site Team who manage the school building will be affected significantly by the strike.

The implications of the above, we cannot fully account for before the day itself but at this point, it is clear that we are likely to be in a situation where the provision of a satisfactory/safe level of education will be severely impacted. With this in mind, we have taken the decision to close the school and request that students study remotely for this day ONLY. This decision has not been taken lightly and of course if the strike is cancelled over the weekend, we will open our doors as usual.

The students will be informed of expectations on Monday and all work for their Tuesday lessons will be uploaded onto Google Classroom. Teachers will monitor and check that they are attending and work is completed.

Year 11 parents: Thankfully, there are no GCSE Level 2 public exams on this date so our Year 11 students will not be affected, but they should continue to revise at home for the final examination(s) that are still to come for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Susan Service