Strike action forces school closures

Tour of new buildings at Neale-Wade with Principal Jason Wing
Tour of new buildings at Neale-Wade with Principal Jason Wing

Hundreds of teachers across Fenland walked out in a one-day strike today (Tuesday) forcing some schools to close and others to only partially open.

Thousands of pupils have the day off as members of the two biggest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, stage the industrial action in a row over pay, pensions and workloads.

Leverington school

Leverington school

The Neale-Wade Academy at March and the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris are both closed as a result of the strike, which is part of a campaign of rolling regional strikes, while the Thomas Clarkson Academy at Wisbech is open for Year 7, 11, 12 and 13 students.

It is a similar story at Marshland High School which is open only for Year 7 pupils.

Neale-Wade Principal Jason Wing said the decision to close was made last Wednesday on health and safety grounds as it was difficult to determine just how many staff would be caught up in the strike.

However, Clare Claxton, Principal at the Thomas Clarkson, was confident they had enough staff to remain open for the four year groups.

Today’s action affected the East of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, other strike action is planned for October 17, which will affect London, the North East, South East and the South West.

Most primary schools remain either partially or fully open, however Leverington Primary Academy is the only one locally to close.

Other closures include Trinity School in Weasenham Lane, Wisbech, which caters for around 35 children with statements of special need for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and the County School which provides education for children not in main stream schools and which recently relocated to a newly built site in Coalwharf Road, Wisbech.

Wisbech’s Meadowgate Special School is partially open as is Kinderley Primary School at Tydd St Giles and St Peter’s Junior and the Orchards Primary schools both in Wisbech.