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July Strike Action Letters for Parents/Carers 2023

28th June 2023 


Re: Notification of next NEU strike days 


Dear Parents/Carers,  

You may be aware from media coverage that teaching members of the National Education Union (NEU) are continuing with further strike action this term. At present they have published two further dates:  

  • Wednesday 5th July 
  • Friday 7th July 

The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay and not because of any local issues at our academy.  

Due to the number of teachers in the NEU who are likely to be striking on each date we need to operate differently on the above two dates. 

The academy will be open on each day for specific year groups only, with children in other year groups working at home.   

Wednesday 5th July: 

  • Open all day (8.20 – 14.50) for Year 10 – All Year 10 students to attend all day, to follow normal timetable 
  • Open from 10.45am for Year 7 – All Year 7 students to arrive at 10.45am and enter via normal gate to be registered in Zone 1 ready for Period 3 – to follow normal timetable from Period 3 onwards 
  • Years 8, 9, 12 – To work from home all day (see details below) 

Friday 7th July: 

  • Open from 9.35am for Year 9 – All Year 9 students to arrive at 9.35am and enter via normal gate to be registered in Zone 1 ready for Period 2 – to follow normal timetable from Period 2 onwards 
  • Open for Year 6 Primary School Induction Day – Arrangements as per separate information already sent out 
  • Years 7, 8, 10, 12 – To work from home all day (see details below) (Year 12s who are supporting with Year 6 Induction are to attend school as directed). 
  • Students in the cast and crew of “Annie” who are not already in school, should report to school for 11am and enter via reception where they will be signed in, ready for a rehearsal before they perform for the Year 6 pupils.  

Students who are educated in the Hive should attend school as normal on both days.  

If you are a parent/carer in the critical worker category and wish to book a place for your child in the younger year group(s) then please email by 3pm on Monday 3rd July to reserve a space, stating your occupation and place of work and your child’s name and year group.  Students in this category will not attend usual lessons but will be supervised completing the work that has been set for other students to do at home.  

Work will be set for all year groups who are working at home via our website.  However, if you would prefer for your child to have a paper-based work pack for the day then please inform your child’s tutor and/or Head of Year and they will arrange this for you.  Students will be able to pick up work packs from outside the Heads of Year office on Tuesday before they leave school at the end of the day.  

If your child is in a year group working from home on either/both days and they are in receipt of free school meals and you would like to collect a packed lunch on the day of each strike then please email by 3pm on Monday 3rd July stating your child’s name and year group as well as any food allergies.  

I am sorry about the disruption to you and to your child’s education. I understand that this situation may be frustrating and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect.  

The David Ross Education Trust remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and delivering high-quality teaching. Our team are working hard to provide suitable resources for those students impacted by the partial closures.  

If you have any questions at this stage, please contact us in the usual way by emailing .  

Yours faithfully, 

Emma Marshall