Most state schools in Brighton and Hove are to close for the day today (Tuesday 5 July) as members of the NUT (National Union of Teachers) go on strike.
Six schools and council-run nurseries expect to stay open while three others will be partially open. But more than 60 heads do not believe that it will be possible to open for the day. The full list is below.
In Brighton and Hove teachers are planning a march and demo starting at Palmeira Square, Hove, at 10.30am.
Hundreds are expected walks to the Clock Tower, down North Street, along New Road, down Church Street and from there to The Level for a rally at noon.
The NUT said: “The strike is to prevent the complete end to national pay and conditions for teachers that will result from the government’s plans to privatise all schools through forced academisation.
“It is also a dispute over cuts to education funding that are forcing schools to face the worst cuts since the 1970s.”
Phil Clarke, a member of the NUT national executive who teaches in East Sussex, said: “Teachers are responding in huge numbers to the strike call. Over 3,000 new members have joined the union to strike within a few days.
“Funding cuts to education are reaching a critical point with larger class sizes and fewer resources for pupils.
“Rather than wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on force privatising all schools through the academy programme, the government should be protecting all teachers’ terms and conditions and spending the money on children’s education.
“Parental support for the idea of forcing all schools to become academies, scrapping parent governors and abolishing qualified teacher status is non-existent.
“There is enough turmoil in Britain already without the government dismantling the state education system and handing it over to private organisations.
“We know schools strikes are difficult for parents and urge the government to change its mind, fund our schools properly and protect teachers contracts to prevent further industrial action.”
- Coldean Primary School
- The Connected Hub
- Hillside School
- King’s School
- St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
- Tarnerland Nursery School
- Royal Spa Nursery School
- St Nicolas’ C of E Primary School
- West Hove Infant School
- Aldrington C of E Primary School
- Balfour Primary School
- Benfield Primary School
- Bevendean Primary School
- Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
- Brackenbury Primary School
- Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA)
- Brighton and Hove Pupil Referral Unit
- Brunswick Primary School
- Carden Primary School
- Cardinal Newman Catholic School
- Carlton Hill Primary School
- City Academy Whitehawk
- Coombe Road Primary School
- Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
- Dorothy Stringer School
- Downs Infant School
- Downs Junior School
- Downs Park School
- Downs View Special School
- Elm Grove Primary School
- Fairlight Primary School
- Goldstone Primary School
- Hangleton Primary School
- Hertford Infant and Nursery School
- Hertford Junior School
- Homewood College
- Hove Junior School
- Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre
- Longhill High School
- Middle Street Primary School
- Mile Oak Primary School
- Moulsecoomb Primary School
- Our Lady of Lourdes RC School
- Patcham High School
- Patcham House Special School
- Patcham Infant School
- Patcham Junior School
- Peter Gladwin Primary School
- Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA)
- Queen’s Park Primary School
- Rudyard Kipling Primary School and Nursery
- Saltdean Primary School
- St Andrew’s C of E Primary School
- St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School
- St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- St Luke’s Primary School
- St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, Rottingdean
- St Mark’s C of E Primary School
- St Martin’s C of E Primary School
- St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School
- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
- St Paul’s C of E Primary School and Nursery
- St Peter’s Community Primary School
- Stanford Infant School
- Stanford Junior School
- The Cedar Centre
- Varndean School
- West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School
- Westdene Primary School
- Woodingdean Primary School