Date Published:
Thursday 20 April 2023

Further to my recent letters on the school website, additional scheduled days of industrial action by the National Education Union (NEU) are approaching on Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 May 2023. Whilst the planned action is a result of a national dispute between the unions and the government, and not the Gosforth Group, it is important that we respond accordingly.

I am now in a position to write to you with further details about our plans that we have put in place to keep the school open to as many students as possible during this industrial action. We do expect the action by the NEU to have a severe impact on the school and it is important that we are able to comply with our key priority of ensuring the Health and Safety of our students and staff.

Years 5 and 6

We will be focussing on maintaining as normal provision as we possibly can for Years 5 and 6. Therefore, we will remain open for students in Years 5 and 6, and we expect students in these year groups to come into school as they would normally on a school day.

Years 7 and 8

The school will close for normal timetabled lessons in Years 7 and 8 and students in these year groups are not required to come into school. There will, however, be a very small number of students from these year groups contacted in advance to come into school on these days. Students in Years 7 and 8 not contacted directly by the school, in advance, are not required to come into school. For those students entitled to a free school meal and not in school, we will be providing vouchers. Students will be able to access some home learning resources. Please check Frog for resources on the day of action.

On each day of industrial action we will continue to focus on providing as much consistency as we possibly can for our students, balanced with ensuring the Health and Safety of everyone in school.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause you. Please be assured that we never take the decision, to partially close the school, lightly.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support.

Yours faithfully

Ms Waugh