Many teachers defy strike call

Published: Wednesday 29th June 11

Many schools in Wandsworth will be open tomorrow (Thursday), despite the industrial action being taken by members of two teaching unions.

According to the latest figures, 19 borough schools will be fully open to all year groups as normal, while 36 others will be partially open and offer classes and supervision to at least some pupils.

Only 24 local schools will not open at all.

Parents at all the schools affected by the strike action should already have received letters from their head teachers giving them enough time to arrange alternative childcare.

The 19 schools that are today (Wednesday) saying that they will be unaffected by the industrial action are Albemarle; All Saints; Belleville; Bradstow, Eastwood Nursery; Gatton; Greenmead; Holy Ghost; Honeywell Infants; Honeywell Junior; John Paul II; Linden Lodge; Oak Lodge; Salesian College; Somerset Nursery; St Anselm's; St Mary's RC; St Michael's and Wix.

The 36 that will be partially open are: Allfarthing; Battersea Park; Beatrix Potter; Brandlehow; Broadwater; Chestnut Grove; Earlsfield; Falconbrook; Fircroft,; Francis Barber PRU; Franciscan; Garratt Park; Graveney; Heathmere; High View; Hillbrook; Hospital and Home Tuition Service; Hotham; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady Queen of Heaven; Paddock; Ronald Ross; Sellincourt; Shaftesbury Park; Sir James Barrie; Smallwood; Southfields Community College; Southmead; St Anne's; St Boniface; St Cecilia's; St Faith's; St Joseph's; St Mary's CofE;  Victoria Drive PRU; West Hill.

The 24 that will definitely be closed are: Alderbrook; Balham Nursery; Burntwood; Chesterton; Christ Church; Eardley; Elliott; Ernest Bevin; Furzedown; Granard; John Burns; Nightingale & Elsley; Penwortham,; Ravenstone; Riversdale; Roehampton CofE; Sacred Heart (Battersea); Sacred Heart (Roehampton) Sheringdale; St George's; Swaffield; The Alton; Trinity St Mary's; Westbridge.

The Ashcroft Technology Academy in Putney, which is a state school but does not come under the auspices of the borough's education authority, will be open as normal.

As the situation may change from hour to hour, parents are being strongly advised to check their school's website tonight (Wednesday) and also if possible again tomorrow morning before setting off for school.

The council's education spokesman Kathy Tracey praised the efforts of school staff who would be working normally tomorrow. She said that the vast majority of parents would be extremely grateful that they were not taking industrial action.

She added: "I do hope that teachers who are intending to strike tomorrow spend some time today and tonight reflecting further on the effect this industrial action will have on pupils and parents.

"There is no need to take strike action at this stage, especially as negotiations on pension reform are still on-going between the Government and the teaching unions."


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So proud of our teachers who are striking in defence of our pensions. Taxpayers have given over one thousand billions pounds of public money to the banks to bail them out of a crisis brought on by the bankers own greed. So marvellous to see that so many people are not prepared to accept this and are taking action to defend Britain's interests and make those who created the crisis pay for it. Well done teachers and civil servants.
Mike Squires

29 June 2011