SCHOOLS across the Melton borough will be affected next week when teaching staff strike.
A snap poll by the Melton Times revealed some schools will be closed or partially closed due to the teaching staff strike on Tuesday (October 1).
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and fellow teaching union the NASUWT announced the action two weeks ago as part of a joint campaign against pension changes and working arrangements.
Union members will be taking part in a protest march in Leicester on the day.
Melton Vale Post 16 Centre will be open for study on Tuesday but no scheduled classes will be running.
Nathan Barratt, head of centre, said: “I’ve designated the day as a study day. The centre will be open to students who wish to attend and use facilities for private, independent study. A limited catering service will be available.”
John Ferneley College will be open for Year 7s but Years 8-11 have been told to stay at home.
Principal Chris Robinson said: “We will be retaining Year 7 students on the day as they are the youngest and would pose parents more difficulty in terms of childcare arrangement.
“Year 11 pupils will follow their Tuesday timetable on Wednesday so they won’t miss out on their English, maths and science classes.”
A post-16 evening for Year 10 and 11 pupils will still be held as planned on Tuesday, so students and their parents can look at their options once they leave the college.
Long Field Academy vice principal Ben Solly said: “We’re hopeful of keeping the academy open for all students and we’ll be in contact with parents closer to the date.”
Long Field’s official open evening on Tuesday (5pm-7pm) is still going ahead despite the strike.
Melton’s biggest primary, Brownlow School, and the town’s Sherard Primary School will be closed to children on Tuesday for health and safety reasons. Sherard Pre-school Playgroup, based in the community centre in Grange Drive, will be open as usual on Tuesday.
Grove Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School will open as normal on Tuesday. Swallowdale Primary School will also be open, with a letter being sent out to the parents of any pupils affected.
Among the village primary schools which will be staying open on the day include Whissendine, Langham and Great Dalby.
Parents are advised to check with individual schools if they haven’t yet been notified.