Daventry area schools could close over strike

MANY of the schools in the Daventry area could close on Wednesday, March 26, due to planned industrial action by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers members are set to strike in action which will affect schools across the country.

The dispute centres on the introduction of a new performance-related pay structure and tougher pension package.

The Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village will be closed to students from Years seven, eight, nine and 10 on the day. There was no information available on what will be happening at The Parker E-ACT Academy at the time of going to press.

Guilsborough School will be closed to Years Seven, Eight and Nine.

The other secondary school in the Daventry area, Campion School in Bugbrooke will be partially closed, only open to students in Years 11, 12 and 13.

Many of the schools across the town were not aware of what effect the strike action would have, although Falconer’s Hill Junior School has pledged to remain open. Both the infant and junior schools in Long Buckby will also remain open.

It will be the third day of strike action in the past three years. The other big teaching union, the NASUWT, has walked out alongside the NUT in the last two national strikes.

But the NASUWT still has to decide whether it will go out on strike again.