TEACHER STRIKE UPDATE: Disruption set for schools across Worksop

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VALLEY’S new headteacher has confirmed the school WILL be closing this Thursday as part of the national teaching walk-out over pensions.

Robert Tarn said the school will be closed for safety reasons, given the number of staff involved in the planned industrial action.

The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers say pension changes will leave them working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

In a statement due to go out to parents tonight, Mr Tarn said student safety was the number one priority.

“We will of course take all necessary measures to ensure that this action is not detrimental to the education of your child,” he said .

“If we are informed by professional associations that this action is no longer scheduled to go ahead, we will of course open the school as normal and will contact you by text message and give details on the school’s website.”

“We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.”

Portland is expected to stay open but Redlands Primary School in Worksop and Serlby Park School in Bircotes have announced there will be some disruption to the normal timetable.

Classes 3, 5 and 11 will not be running at Redlands Primary, while Nursery, Reception and Year 1 at Serlby Park will be closed. Years 2-13 are on as normal.

Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School will also be closed all day Thursday and Friday for a staff training day.

For further updates on changes to classes, please check back here at www.worksopguardian.co.uk