St John Plessington Catholic College

Strike Information - 28th February

Dear Parents and Carers,
The NEU union has declared a further day of strike action. I write to give you notice that the next strike date will be on Tuesday 28th February 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay and conditions and not because of any issues at our school.

Due to the impact this will have on the number of staff who will be in school on this day, I am writing to inform you that SJP will be closed to all pupils in year groups 7- 10. Please do not send your child into school on this day. We will, however, remain open to all pupils in Key Stage 5 (Y12/13). Yr12 Option Block B trial exams also take place as scheduled.

Students in year 11 will attend the college to complete their trial exams scheduled for that day.

For children who receive free school meals in years 7 - 10 an E-Voucher will be sent to you via email on Monday 27th February 2023.
Those pupils in year 11 should attend school as follows:

  • 08:35 - Arrival to school / line up for registration on the main yard
  • 09:00 - 11:30 Morning Examination - English Language
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (Canteen / Yard)
  • 12:45 - 14:00 Afternoon Examination - RE Judaism
  • 14:00 - Students dismissed*

*Please let the year 11 team know should you require your child to remain in school until 15:10 due to transport.
We have not taken this decision lightly. We remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils, and feel that we would be unable to provide this with the staff we have available. In order to minimise the disruption to children’s education, general work will be set on Google Classroom for years 7 to 10.

Additional work will also be provided in year group
classrooms for pupils to complete to support their learning. Further support and information can be accessed here on how to access work on Google Classroom.
As I am sure you will appreciate, arrangements can change at last minute. I will do my best to keep you informed should there be any further changes as soon as information becomes available. Please be aware that there are future strike dates planned which at the moment
have been identified as taking place on:

  • Wednesday 15 March – all England
  • Thursday 16 March – all England.

As a consequence, you will have to make alternative arrangements for your child. I understand that this may cause disruption, but ask that all members of our school
community continue to treat each other with respect.

Kind regards,
Mrs E Wheeler                        Mr P McLoughlin
Executive Headteacher        Interim Head of School