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PLANNED INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY NUT : TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2016

You will no doubt be aware that members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called a one-day strike on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. I am writing to inform you that due to the high number of teachers at William Brookes School that are members of this union, we will only be open to students from Year 7 and 13 for the day on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. We will sadly be closed to all other year groups and hope you understand why we have had to take this decision.

Staff not participating in the industrial action will be working in school on the day of the strike; however teachers are instructed by their own unions not to undertake the duties normally carried out by their striking colleagues, which would include covering teaching and covering supervision at breaks and lunchtime. I have therefore reluctantly taken the decision to close the school to some students on health and safety grounds.

I am writing this letter to allow you as parents/carers time to make any necessary alternative childcare arrangements. However, should the strike be called off in time for us to reinstate transport and catering facilities, we would, naturally, reverse the decision to close. I will write to all parents via email and text message, using our School Comms system immediately should this be the case, as well as posting an announcement on our website.

We strive to be the “best we can be through courtesy, enterprise and endeavour”.

With over 960 students on the roll, William Brookes School is a successful school situated in the picturesque town of Much Wenlock. Approximately ten miles from the centre of Shrewsbury, the School serves a community of small villages and the bigger town of Broseley.

Academic standards at the school are high and frequently among the highest in the county, thanks to highly motivated staff, children who wish to learn and parents who support them.

Our high standards are maintained by caring and creating a climate of trust and mutual support between all who work in the school, ensuring all students leave with qualifications and skills needed for a successful life.

The school underwent a complete rebuild in 2010 making it the only school in Shropshire to have a building fully equipped for 21st century learning, although we continually look to improve our excellent facilities and resources for learning. We also have a large Leisure Centre, swimming pool and 3G pitch, which are jointly managed and available for use by students and staff during the day.

We have a specialism in the Performing Arts and have excellent facilities inside the Edge Arts centre for public and school performances. These include a Dance and Drama studio, a Lecture Theatre and Cinema alongside the main Performance studio.