One day teachers’ strike sees schools in Bexhill close classes

Hundreds of pupils from Bexhill and across Sussex stayed at home yesterday (Thursday) as schools closed their doors for the day as part of a

national day of strike action.

The National Union of Teachers staged walkouts as part of ongoing disputes with the government including issues over pay, pensions and workload.

Among those to shut their doors was Bexhill High. Interim Principal Andy Mortimer told parents: “As you may have heard in the media, there is a planned day of industrial action on Thursday, 10 July; this will have a considerable impact on the staffing of the Academy.

“We have received notice from the GMB and NUT representatives that their members will be taking strike action. This is potentially over 50% of our staff team both teachers and support staff.

“As the safety of your child is paramount, we are unable to offer an acceptable level of staffing on the 10 July and will be closing the school for the day. We have not taken this decision lightly but hope you will understand our reasons for doing so.”

All Saints C of E Primary School and Chantry Community Primary School confirmed that they would be partly closed, with lessons running for only some of the year groups. St Richard’s Catholic College was open as usual. Principal Doreen Cronin said: “St Richard’s Catholic College is open as normal with all pupils engaged in a range of Block Day activities, as per the diary.”

Dozens of schools in Sussex confirmed they would be closed or partially closed for the day on the East Sussex County Council website.