Teachers Strikes Wed 15th and Thurs 16th March
Please see letter below emailed home Monday evening.
Monday 13th March 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this letter finds you well. Following on from my previous letter earlier in February, regarding the upcoming NEU national and regional teacher’s strike action, I am writing to provide final details on the arrangements here at The Norwood School for your child this week.
As you are aware, the vast majority of our teaching staff are part of the NEU union or affected by closures in other schools. So, unfortunately, we cannot plan to open the school as usual on Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March 2023.
Given the smaller numbers of teachers available on this day, we are prioritising onsite provision for students preparing for their upcoming national examinations and those considered to be vulnerable.
Therefore, our plans for each year group on the upcoming dates are as follows:
The school site will be closed to all students in Years 7 to 10 on Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March. Students with an EHCP or with Child in Need status will receive a call from our support staff during the day to check they can access work and check on their well-being.
Year 11 and Sixth Form students are able to work on independent study in the Sixth Form Study hub from 9:30 am until 2:30pm or can remain at home to work if they prefer.
There will not be a breakfast or break service offered. Yr 11 should be in school uniform and unless a child has FSm- they should bring their own refreshments.
Senior staff will be conducting some of the internal Sixth Form interviews with Yr 11. Appointments were emailed and posted home at the end of last week.
Additional arrangements for all year groups
It is recommended that students complete work for the subjects that they would normally be timetabled for on these two days. They can select from a wide range of appropriate resources, both Key Stage 3 and 4 here on the Oak Academy website.
If your child receives Free school Meals, a voucher code, which can be used in local shops, will be shared on Tuesday 14 March direct to parent/carer emails for Y7-Y10 (Y11 and Sixth Form can also access free school meals onsite)
Unlike other days, please direct any communications to the SLT. Teaching staff who are striking (this may include year leaders) will not be able to respond to queries.
We understand that this information will disrupt the work plans of many of you. We also know that our teachers are committed to providing the best education for all our students at The Norwood School. We continue to thank them for their continued hard work and commitment to our school community as we plan for this challenging day.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding,
Senior Deputy Head Teacher