Schools close their doors today as part of national strikes

The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick.
The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick.

Schools in north Northumberland have closed their doors today, because of industrial action by teaching staff.

Thousands of members of the NASUWT and the NUT are striking in the North East and Cumbria, London, South East and South West regions of the country.

It comes as part of the national dispute over revisions to pay, working conditions and pensions.

Both unions are holding joint rallies in Durham, Bristol and London.

The protest is the next stage of a rolling programme of industrial action, which has already included two days of strike action in other regions of the country.

As a result, more than 50 schools in Northumberland will not be open today.

Those closed include Felton CofE First, St Paul’s RCVA First and Middle, and Kielder Community First.

Amble’s James Calvert Spence College, Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, KEVI, in Morpeth, and Berwick Middle, are also shut, as is Alnwick’s Barndale House.

In a letter to parents of pupils at Duchess’s High, headteacher Maurice Hall says that his decision to close the school has not been taken lightly but is the only decision that can be made in the circumstances.

He adds that the majority of the school’s teachers are members of either the NASUWT or NUT and having reviewed issues, such as health and safety and staffing a normal timetable, the school will be closed to all students in Year 9 to 11.

The timetable for Sixth Form students will also be suspended but they can use the school’s facilities for private study or to catch up on work.