THE impact of next week’s teaching strikes on the region has become clear after the majority of schools in Burton and South Derbyshire announced they would be forced to close.
Every secondary school in the region will face disruption, with staff shortages imposed by the strikes on October 1 leaving head teachers with little option.
Some schools have said they will remain partially open to older pupils and sixth form students.
The biggest schools in both Burton and South Derbyshire - de Ferrers Academy and John Port School - will fall victim to the strikes, with only sixth form students at the Etwall school required to attend.
Many primary schools will also close for the day, with announcements expected to continue to filter through in the coming days.
The action has been co-ordinated by teaching unions NUT and NASUWT, who are unhappy over teachers’ pensions, pay and working conditions.
With around 90 per cent of the region’s teachers represented by those unions, it was always likely the mass walk-out would lead to widespread closures.
Mike Donaghue, head teacher at John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, said: “Our main concern is the safety of our pupils. The level of strike action on that day will create health and safety risks that cannot be mitigated, therefore the school will be closed to pupils. This decision is not taken lightly by the school .”
Chris Sainsbury, acting head teacher at John Port School, in Etwall, said: “I am aware that closures inconvenience parents and carers.
“The decision to close the school is never taken lightly. In this instance I will have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all pupils.”
SCHOOLS TO HAVE ANNOUNCED CLOSURES ON OCTOBER 1
• Abbot Beyne School - Closed to Years Seven, Eight, Nine and 10.
• Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College
• de Ferrers Academy
• John Taylor High School
• Paget High School - Closed to Years Seven, Eight and Nine.
• Paulet High School
Primary schools which have announced closures are The Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School, Outwoods Primary School, River View Primary and Nursery School and Tower View Primary School.
• Granville Sports College - Closed to Years Seven, Eight, Nine and 10.
• John Port High School - Open only to students in Years 12 and 13.
• The Pingle School
• The William Allitt School
Updated information on school closures is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures or www.derbyshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures