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Strike Action - 2 Days in July

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Kevin Oakes
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Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Strike Action

As you are aware, the membership of the National Education Union (NEU) has voted to take industrial action in schools across the country. The continuation of this strike action is for two days in July: Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July. I am writing to give you as much notice as possible about the likely impact this will have on our school.

This is a very busy time of year and we are aiming to provide as much continuity of learning as possible, whilst needing to recognise that without a full staff team some things need to be cancelled or postponed.

Our view, at present, is that we will be able to keep the school open on these days for some students with the following arrangements in place:

Wednesday 5th July:

(please note that some additional students may be invited into school in order to complete exams that they have missed due to absences)

Year group



No school – external exams have finished


In school – lessons as normal


No school – external exams have finished

Prom to go ahead in evening


In school – lessons as normal


No school


No school


No school

Friday 7th July – Founder’s Day

(please note that those involved directly in the Founder’s Day Concert will be given specific instructions and are expected to be in school / at the church on the day)

Year group



No school – external exams have finished


In school – and will be attending the concert at the church


No school – external exams have finished


No school


In school – and will be watching a livestream of the concert in school


In school – and will be attending the concert at the church


No school

As is the custom on Founder’s Day, all students will be dismissed at the end of the concert (around 1pm)

Key vulnerable students:

There will also be a study provision for key vulnerable students – families will be contacted directly to ask if they will be using this.

Timings of the school day:

On Wednesday 5th July there will be no tutor time and the school day will finish at 2.30pm.

On Friday 7th July all students will be dismissed at the end of the concert (around 1pm).


The school canteen will be open as usual for breakfast, break and lunch service on Wednesday 5th July.

On Friday 7th July the school canteen will be open as usual for breakfast and break. There will be a limited lunch service available but those students on FSMs will be able to collect their school packed lunch as breaktime.

Uniform / dress code:

For those students in school, the usual expectations around uniform and dress code will be in place.

Continuity of Learning:

Each week we collate work that parallels the work that is being covered in lessons. This can be accessed by students who, for whatever reason, are unable to be in their lesson. This work will be available for students next week and I would hope that those students who are not in school will access the work and ensure that their learning is not impacted too negatively by this industrial action.

This work can be accessed by students from their SharePoint site in Office 365.

I apologise for any potential inconvenience this causes you, but we are doing everything we can to minimise the number of pupils who are impacted by the industrial action.

It is unlikely that the industrial action will be called off, but if this were to happen, I will write to you to confirm that the school will be fully open.

If you have any questions or concerns about the alternative arrangements outlined above, please do contact me.

For a reminder of the many events that are running at the school between now and the end of term on Friday 21st July, please see the summary below:

26th June

Year 9 Braithwaite all week

End of Year exams all week

Year 8 Laser Tag Trip

27th June

Year 6 into 7 personalised induction morning

Year 6 taster lesson online

28th June


29th June

Day 1: Year 12 Induction Day

Year 10 trip to Sadlers Wells (Drama)

30th June

Day 2: Year 12 Induction Day

D of E Expedition 1 (Friday and Saturday)

Year 12 to London Olympia – Careers Event

3rd July

Year 12 Biologists and Geographers - Braithwaite all week

End of Year exams all week

Year 8 visit to Jamie’s Farm – all week

Year 6 into 7 befriending event

Year 13 Leaver’s Assembly

Debating competition

4th July

Geography Field trip (Year 10)

Trip to Gonville and Caius College Cambridge

Year 6 online taster lesson

Year 6 New Parent Information Evening

5th July

Year 6 into 7 personalised induction day

Year 11 Prom

6th July

Year 6 into 7 Induction Day

New staff Induction Day

Founder’s Day rehearsals

7th July

Founder’s Day

Saturday 8th July

Khalsa running a uniform shop (11.00am to 3.00pm) at Westcombe Park site

10th July

Best in Everyone Awards Evening

KPMG event (Years 10 and 12)

11th July

Year 10 Cultural Enrichment Day

Year 13 Leaver’s Ball

12th July

Sports Day

Year 12 into 13 Parent Information Evening

13th July

Ahoy Sailing course day 1

D of E Silver Expedition (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

14th July

Ahoy Sailing course day 2

Year 7 Science Museum trip

17th July

Year 12 Character Adventure Day

School Play

18th July

JRSA Second-hand uniform sale

School Play

19th July

Year 8 trip to London Zoo

Year 10 Parent Evening

21st July

Last day of term – students dismissed at midday

Yours faithfully,

Cath Smith - Principal


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