AT least three schools in the Henley area are set to close when teachers stage a one-day walkout on Thursday.
The strike has been organised by the National Union of Teachers and NASUWT and will hit schools and colleges
throughout the South-East.
Badgemore Primary School in Henley will be shut all day as will Caversham Park and Emmer Green primaries.
Most other primary schools hope to be able to stay open.
Some secondary schools have warned parents to expect disruption.
Daniel Sadler, headteacher of Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common, said: “We will certainly have a partial
closure of the school.
“We are still working out how many staff are to be available but it won’t be a normal day. If we are open it will
only be for Year 11. The majority of the teaching staff will be striking.”
Rick Holroyd, headteacher of Langtree School in Woodcote, said: “We have a significant proportion of colleagues
taking part in legitimate strike action and will have to go for a partial closure.
“I don’t yet know what way we will cut it but we will look at timetables and see what is the most effective and
safe thing to do for the age groups.”
Catharine Darnton, headteacher of Gillotts School in Henley, said: “We haven’t made a decision to close the school
yet and we are working very closely with the unions to see how may of our staff are likely to be at work. Once we
know that we can decide whether to stay open.”
The Henley College plans to be open as normal.
Principal Tom Espley said: “We have sent a letter to parents to say that the college will be open on Thursday, the
classes will all run and in that respect it will be a normal day. We expect some disruption, as it will affect
every school in the region, but it’s difficult to say how much as it’s up to staff. It’s for individuals to take
whatever action they deem necessary.”
Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children, education and families, said: “Nobody
will be able to judge accurately how or how many schools will be affected.
“We’re encouraging schools to give the most timely information possible directly to pupils and parents, local media
and the county council for the purposes of keeping our website up to date.
“We completely understand that schools may be dealing with a very fluid picture right up until the last minute but
we hope that teachers will appreciate that there is an impact on the lives of people beyond the confines of the
The strike is in protest at Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to alter teachers’ salaries and pensions and
introduce performance-related pay.
Strikes have already taken place in the North and East.
Christine Blower, general Secretary of the NUT, said: “At the start of the new academic year, the last thing
teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action.
“It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage. With pay, pensions and working
conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate, teachers
have no other choice.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless. The reward for their hard
work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.”
For more information, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures