Schools confirm closure for strike

Boston High School
Boston High School

TWO schools in the Boston area will close completely and another partially during union walk-outs tomorrow (Thursday).

Boston High School and Gosberton Primary School have confirmed with Lincolnshire County Council they will close during the industrial strike action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Thomas Cowley School, in Donington, will only be taking in years seven and eight.

A letter on the Boston High School website reassures parents the action is not against the school or Boston Grammar School.

It states: “Due to a number of teaching staff being involved in the national strike, we will have to close Boston High.

“This decision has been taken as we cannot guarantee the health and safety of pupils on the school site with reduced numbers of staff to supervise them, and it is not lawful for us to bring in supply teachers, or use existing teachers/supervisors, to cover the lessons of colleagues on industrial action.”

The strike will disrupt thousands of schools in England and Wales.

Those taking part are against changes to their pensions which they say will mean working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

Head teacher of Thomas Cowley Martyn Taylor said although his union was seeing how discussions went, he ‘fully supported’ his staff in their actions.

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