UPDATED: Teachers’ strikes cause disruption across Bucks

Striking teachers in Birmingham
Striking teachers in Birmingham

Hundreds of teachers across Bucks are striking today over pay, pensions and working conditions, leading to the closure and partial closure of many schools.

The schools which are completely closed due to the strike action are The Grange, Oak Green, St Joseph’s Infant, Stone Church of England Combined, The Thomas Hickman and William Harding Combined.

The schools which are affected and are closed partially are Aylesbury High (open for Years 7 to 9 only), Aylesbury Vale Academy (open for Years 11 to 13 only), Cottesloe (open for Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form only) Mandeville, John Colet (open for Year 7 only), Waddesdon Church of England School (open for Years 7 to 9 only) Bearbrook Combined, Brill Church of England Combined, Broughton Infant, Furze Down, Princes Risborough Primary, St Mary’s Church of England, St Michael’s Church of England Combined and Wendover Church of England Junior.

Other schools in the Vale are unaffected.

General Secretary of the NASUWT Chris Keates said: “The overwhelming majority of teachers in all our regions will be on strike today.

“Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly.

“No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils education, but this action is not due to the failure or unreasonableness of teachers.

“It is the failure and unreasonableness of the secretary of state, who day-in day-out is disrupting the education of children and young people through his attacks on the teaching profession.

“We continue to appeal to the secretary of state to acknowledge the real and deep concerns of teachers and commit to engage constructively in discussions to seek to resolve the dispute.”

Education minister David Laws said: “The right way to fix education policy is either by talking with the government or through the ballot box, and not taking industrial action.

“I think that is the view of the vast majority of teachers who I don’t think will be striking today even in those areas where the NUT and NASUWT are trying to take action.”

One of the schools within Aylesbury which stayed fully open despite the strikes was Aylesbury Grammar School.

Headteacher Stephen Lehec said: “There were some members of staff on strike today, however when we assessed the situation we decided that we had adequate cover to enable all students to attend.

“The classes where the teachers were on strike were covered by cover supervisors who are employed by us. Sixth form students did self-directed study instead of having cover supervisors.

“We can’t guarantee we will always be able to do this when there is strike action, it is something that we have to assess on a case-by-case basis.

“We are very grateful for the co-operation of all the staff and students, which enabled us to take this decision which worked to the benefit of the school, parents and students.”

For a full list of the status of all the schools in the county, or for more detailed information on schools that are partially closed visit Bucks County Council website.