As you may have seen in the media, trades unions representing staff employed in the public sector, including schools, have called for industrial action on Wednesday, 30 November 2011.
This industrial action is being taken over the issue of proposed changes to public sector pension schemes. As such, the dispute is with the Government, not with the school or local authority. Neither the local authority nor the National Governors’ Association support the action; however, as it results from ballots conducted in accordance with current employment legislation, it is regarded as a legitimate trade dispute.
In such circumstances, responsibility for responding to the strike as it affects this school falls upon the governing body.
Following an assessment of the likely number of staff who intend to take strike action and the implications of that action for pupils, it has been decided that the school will be closed on Wednesday, 30 November, 2011.
The governing body apologises for any disruption caused by this industrial action and wish to assure you that everything possible will be done to maintain the continuity of educational provision for your children.
Any staff who are not involved in the industrial action will be attending school or courses and will undertake work in school. It is suggested that students could spend the time doing independent work using the VLE or MyMaths.
I am sorry to have to write this letter and hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.
On Sunday 13th November, Myself,Emma,Victoria, Maxwell, Faith and Tara from year 11, were given the privilege of laying a wreath of poppies in honour of our fallen Soldiers. We were part of a moving service which helped us to realise the importance of remembrance. At 10.55, we gathered around the War Memorial in the village and as the last post sounded, stood in silence, then proudly laid our wreath on behalf of the Students and Staff of Ounsdale High School. It was a very moving moment and it made us proud to represent the school on such a significant day.
By Matthew Evans
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