The National Education Union (NEU) have voted to take industrial action in schools across the country on Wednesday 1st February 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the union and the government over teachers’ pay, and not because of any issues specifically at our school.
At FCC, a very large proportion of our teachers are members of the NEU, (currently over 80%). After careful consideration, I am sorry to have to inform you that Felpham Community College will be closed on Wednesday 1st February 2023, and we are asking you not to send your child into school on this day.
We have not taken this decision lightly. We remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all our students, and feel that we would be unable to provide this with the very limited staff we will have available.
Students may wish to work at home on their set homework tasks on the day of the strike, or alternatively work on education platforms such as The Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize.
(The school will be open for children of some critical workers and for our most vulnerable children. If you are a critical worker and wish to book a place for your child on the day, please complete the form using the link here. The Sixth Form Hub will be open for Year 12 & 13 for private study.)
I am sorry that you will have to make alternative arrangements for your child at short notice, and that they will experience disruption to their education. I understand that this situation may be frustrating, and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect. It is unlikely that the industrial action will be called off, but if this were to happen, we will contact parents to confirm that the school will be open.
There are three further national strike days which may affect FCC this term: 2nd March, 15th March and 16th March. Details of the arrangements for these days will be provided nearer the time.
If you have any questions, please contact the school and I will do my best to respond.