As I am sure you are aware, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has a planned day of strike action on Tuesday 5th July. Below, I have included the full press release from the NUT outlining their reasons for the strike so that you are aware of the reasons why many ALNS teachers, who are dedicated to ensuring your child has a high quality education and is successful at school, feel they need to take Industrial Action at this point in time.
My duty, as Headteacher of Admiral Lord Nelson School, is to ensure that I can reasonably expect to provide a high quality education in a safe environment on Tuesday 5th July. It is not reasonable for me to expect other teaching staff to cover lessons for teachers who are taking strike action, as they are entitled to refuse any such request.
After extensive deliberation, I have reluctantly had to take the decision that ALNS will be closed for students in Years 8 & 9 on Tuesday 5th July. We will not be running the second of our two planned Year 6 Induction Days on this day either.
We will, however, be able to provide an education for Year 7 students on Tuesday 5th July. That education will consist of normal timetabled lessons alongside some other different experiences on the day. We are confident that we can offer year 7 students a worthwhile and educational day that they will enjoy!
Every year 7 student will be expected to attend school as normal on Tuesday 5th July 2016 and they will need to wear comfortable clothes and trainers, as their day will involve some sporting/team-building activities.
I can only apologise to all parents for any disruption or inconvenience caused and assure you that I have not taken the decision to close the school for years 8 & 9 lightly.
Thank you for your support and understanding,