School closures as teacher strike affects the country

The  science room at Midhurst Rother College.C121103-7

The science room at Midhurst Rother College.C121103-7

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SEVERAL schools in the Midhurst and Petworth area are closed today because of a teachers’ strike over pay.

The strikes have caused a partial closure at Midhurst Rother College, which is open to Years 11, 12 and 13, but closed for Years 7 to 10.

Primary schools which confirmed they would be closed today as the Observer went to press include Wisborough Green Primary School, closed to Year 4, Creators Class, and Year 5, Investigators Class.

The Weald School is closed to all pupils in Years 7 to 11.

It will remain open to all pupils in Years 12 and 13.

At Loxwood Primary School, open classes will be Mulberry Class (Year 5) and Chestnut Class (Year 6).

All other classes will be closed.

The industrial action has come as a result of an ongoing dispute between the government and two of the largest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).

The unions are striking over pay, conditions and pensions.

While some parents took to Facebook to express their frustration over the strikes, others had a different view.

Jason Treagust wrote: “What happens if your children are ill and have to stay home? I can’t really see much difference.”

West Sussex County Council has stressed it has no local control over the strikes – which are part of a national campaign.

Visit www.westsussex.cdmf.info/incident/school-closures.htm for a full and updated list of the school closures in West Sussex and see www.chichester.co.uk for updates throughout the day.