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Schools in west Dorset forced to close due to strike action
ALL secondary schools and some primary schools in west Dorset are due to be closed tomorrow amid strike action by teachers.
Teaching staff have forced a shutdown of most schools with the a one-day walk-out over pay, pensions and changes to the education system.
Every secondary and middle school in the west and south of the county is closed with the exception of St Mary’s Middle School in Puddletown.
The action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is also affecting some primary schools.
There are around 2,000 members of the teachers’ unions in Dorset with many expected to take part in the national walk-out which has seen rolling strikes take place across England.
NUT Dorset secretary Geoff Cooke said: “It does seem likely that the majority of the membership is taking part.
“We are never pleased that schools are closing because it means children being sent home.
“Teachers search their consciences before doing this.”
He added: “Schools in Dorset are in danger of losing a lot of integrity, funding and prestige they have had for many many years because of the education reforms.”
The final decision to close a school rests with the head teacher and chairman of governors – not Dorset County Council. Schools are not obliged to inform the council of their decision.
A Dorset County Council spokesman said: “We are working to ensure that as many pupils as possible can attend lessons during a planned teachers’ strike.
“The council has been urging schools to stay open, where possible, during the National Union of Teachers’ industrial action. “Schools should be informing parents directly if headteachers and governors decide to close or partially close. School transport should run as normal where schools are open, and with modified services in areas affected by a school closure. The final decision as to whether a school remains open, closed or partially closed lies with the headteacher and the chair of governors.”
Here is a list of schools in the area and if they will be closed or not tomorrow Beaminster School: CLOSED Mountjoy School Beaminster: CLOSED Sir John Colfox School: CLOSED Thomas Hardye School: CLOSED Woodroffe School: CLOSED (open to sixth formers who can make it in) Bridport Primary School: CLOSED Broadwindsor Primary School: reception CLOSED but primary open Burton Bradstock School: OPEN Charmouth Primary School: OPEN Loders Primary School: CLOSED Marshwood Primary School: OPEN Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School, Uplyme: OPEN Parrett & Axe Primary School, Mosterton: CLOSED Powerstock Primary School: OPEN Salway Ash Primary School: OPEN St Catherine's Primary School, Bridport: OPEN St Mary's Primary School, Bridport: OPEN St Mary's School, Beaminster: OPEN St Mary’s, Thorncombe: OPEN St Michael's Primary School: OPEN Sticklands Primary School, Evershot: OPEN Symondsbury Primary School, Bridport: ‘LIKELY’ TO BE CLOSED Thorner's Primary School, Litton Cheney: OPEN Winterbourne Valley First School, Winterbourne Abbas: OPEN
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