Schools are closed by strike

Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall, which was closed because of the strike
Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall, which was closed because of the strike

HUCKNALL’S biggest school, Holgate Comprehensive, locked its doors to pupils on Thursday (June 30) as teachers went on strike in a bitter dispute over pensions and pay.

Thousands of children in Hucknall, Bulwell and the rest of Nottinghamshire had to stay at home, causing major childcare headaches for parents.

The strike involved members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Combined, the unions have nearly 6,000 members at schools across the county. They were joined in the mass walkout by members of other public-sector unions, who are furious at government plans to restructure pension arrangements.

Teachers weren’t obliged to tell their schools whether they intended to strike but many schools announced, ahead of yesterday, whether they would close or chop some classes.

The biggest casualty of the industrial action in the Dispatch district was Holgate, which has more than 1,100 pupils.

It was the only school in Hucknall and Bulwell that was earmarked for total closure.

Others reduced the number of classes or closed to certain year-groups. These were: Annesley Primary; Annie Holgate Infant, Hucknall; Annie Holgate Junior, Hucknall; Beardall Street Primary, Hucknall; Hawthorne Primary, Bestwood Village; Hillside Primary, Hucknall; Hucknall National Primary; Leen Mills Primary, Hucknall; Hucknall National Comprehensive; and Newstead Primary.

No schools in Bulwell closed completely, although some reduced their classes.

Ralph Surman, deputy head at Cantrell Primary School in Bulwell, is also the chief executive of the ATL. He said he hoped the strike would send a clear message to the government.