Teachers’ strike, October 2013: Several Hertfordshire schools to close

PUBLISHED: 12:41 30 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:04 30 September 2013

Scenes from a previous march and rally . Pictures by Jessica Freedman.

Scenes from a previous march and rally . Pictures by Jessica Freedman.

SEVERAL schools across Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar will be closed tomorrow as teachers take part in a nationwide strike.

Today, Monday, County Hall revealed it has received notification that four schools will be closed completely, with seven more to partially close.

But Herts County Council said individual schools are not required to notify officials whether they will be open, and have urged parents to check with their childrens’ teachers.

The two largest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, have confirmed a rolling programme of regional strikes.

The strikes will take place across the country and are over national disputes around pay, pensions and working conditions.

So far, the schools that have informed County Hall that they will be shut tomorrow are:

* All Saints C of E in Datchworth

* Applecroft Primary in Welwyn Garden City

* Mount Grace in Potters Bar

* Onslow St Audrey’s in Hatfield

* Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City

* Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery.

The schools that will partially close are:

* Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park (years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 closed)

* Commonswood in Welwyn Garden City

*Cuffley Primary School in Cuffley (years 4, 5 and 6 closed)

* De Havilland Primary in Hatfield (KS2 closed)

* Knebworth Primary

* Ladbroke JMI in Potters Bar

* Pope Paul Catholic Primary in Potters Bar (year 5 closed)

Sir Frederic Osbourne in Welwyn Garden City

* Southfield in Hatfield (EYFS department and KS1 and 2 classed will be closed)

* St Philip Howard Catholic School in Hatfield (classes 6B and 6D closed)

For more details contact the relevant school.

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 now however have no other choice.

“Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession, it is time that he started to listen for the sake of teachers, pupils and education.”

After strikes were announced, councillor Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: “While we recognise that there are strongly held feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s children and their parents.

“We hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned.”

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