Strike will close most of borough’s schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove
Education Secretary Michael Gove

STRIKING teachers will cause the vast majority of Wigan borough’s high schools to close their doors to pupils tomorrow.

Two leading unions – the NUT and NASUWT – have asked their members to take industrial action against the government’s pay and pension reform plans spearheaded by minister Michael Gove.

The strike will also affect primary schools, nurseries and colleges causing disruption for students and parents across the borough.

Safety concerns for pupils on site with limited numbers of staff have been cited as reasons behind the decisions to close.

In a statement posted on their website, Hawkley Hall head Roy Halford said: “Due to the number of staff we now know are involved, our main concern would be for the safety of our students on site without adequate supervision.”

Standish Community High head Lynne Fox said: “As over 85 per cent of our teaching staff are members of the two unions this does present issues for us.

“I have carefully analysed the impact of this on school and have reached the conclusion that we cannot run normally and comply with health and safety legislation.”

The Deanery High School will be open for years 10 and 11, as will Cansfield High for certain classes.

St Mary’s, Astley, is partially open with year 10 students in for morning lessons.

Several school proms and leavers’ balls are scheduled to take place tomorrow evening but will not be affected by the strike.

Union leaders confirmed to the Evening Post last week that members are free to attend any after hours events on strike day.

Students at Hindley High have been informed that a decision will be made tomorrow morning.