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Havelock Academy

Our goal is to provide excellent opportunities in an open, positive and purposeful climate for all to achieve excellence, become lifelong learners and responsible, successful, well rounded citizens.

19th April 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:

  • Thursday 27th April
  • Tuesday 2nd May

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 the above dates with normal lessons/timetable in place for all students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13.  There are some externally exams on some of the dates so it is essential that students in these year groups are in attendance as normal.

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 should complete work at home, either online or through a provided paper work pack which can be requested by your child (via tutor or head of year). 

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

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 Friday 21st April 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.

If your child is in years 7, 8 or 9 and 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 Friday 21st April 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