SEVERAL schools in the Chichester area will closed tomorrow (October 17) because of a teachers’ strike over pay.
Chichester High School for Girls (CHSG) is closed to all pupils except for some Year 11 pupils doing GCSE English Speaking and Listening exams.
Chichester High School for Boys (CHSB) will be closed for the day.
Bishop Luffa will be open to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13, but will be closed for Years 7 to 9.
Fordwater School will not be running its ‘Owl’ and ‘Starfish’ Lower School classes. It’s ‘Panda’ Upper School class and its ‘Falcon’ and ‘Eagle’ further education classes will also be closed for the day.
Bourne Community College will be closed to all but Years 10 and 11.
Years 7 to 11 at St Anthony’s School will be closed.
Primary schools which confirmed they would be closed today as the Observer went to press are: The Seal Primary Academy, St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, Central CofE Junior School, East Wittering Community Primary School, Parklands Community Primary School and Tangmere Primary Academy.
Birdham Primary School’s Year 3 will be closed, but all other classes will be open as usual.
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.
Parents took to Facebook to express their frustration over the strikes.
“CHSB have known for a week or so, but I was told today that the girls’ school will also be shut, it’s not enough time to sort out child care or book time off,” said Jo Simpson on the Observer’s Facebook page.
But some parents had a different view. Jason Treagust wrote: “What happens if your children are ill and have to stay home from school?
“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/map.htm for a full and updated list of the school closures in West Sussex.