Teacher strike to close Bexleyheath Academy
PUBLISHED: 09:29 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:31 10 October 2013
Bexleyheath Academy will close as a result of next week's strike action.
Thousands of teachers across the country are expected to walkout on Thursday, October 17, in protest over pensions, pay and working conditions.
It has been organised by National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters’ Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
The Woolwich Road school sent out a letter to parents yesterday.
Principal Carl Wakefield said in a statement: “I sincerely apologise for any disruption or consternation this may cause you as a family due to having to find alternative arrangements primarily relating to childcare.
“However, the decision was based on an assessment of our ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every child in our care.
“Again, with so many staff opting to support the strike action, this could not be guaranteed and therefore the decision to close was made.”
The school is celebrating after receiving a good Ofsted report.
It received a good rating across the board.
Mr Wakefield said: “This is a fantastic report for our amazing school. I hope the Ofsted report will help to highlight to the local community just how far we have come in recent years.
“Staff, students, governors and parents are all extremely proud of this achievement and I thank them all for their hard work.”