The National Union of Teachers (NUT), UNISON and GMB have informed us that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Thursday 10 July 2014.
This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by the unions about revisions to pay, working conditions and pension schemes.
There is no requirement on a union to inform me of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that the union will not know as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.
My information is that a significant number of teaching and support staff are likely to be involved in strike action.
As headteacher, my duty is to carry out a risk assessment regarding the health and safety of students on that day taking into account the absence of such a significant number of staff. The judgement I have made is that supervision arrangements for students throughout the day are not going to be adequate for the school to discharge its responsibilities for health and safety adequately for all students.
As a consequence, regrettably, the school will be closed to all pupils on that day.
School will, of course, be open for all staff who are not taking part in strike action and they will be instructed to conduct appropriate professional development activities.