23rd March 2012
I am writing to inform you that I recently received notification from the National Union of Teachers about the decision of their members to strike on Wednesday 28th March 2012.
The action will potentially involve a large number of the teaching staff at Canonbury, and as a result I have decided in the interests of health and safety that it would not be safe for the school to remain fully open.
I have worked as hard as I can in a short space of time to ensure the school can remain open to pupils in Nursery and Reception as well as those in Years 4, 5 and 6, on the day of the strike. Unfortunately I do not have enough staff to keep the school open for pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 and therefore this will be a strike closure day for those pupils.
I am very sorry for the disruption that will be caused and obviously will keep you informed should a settlement in this dispute be reached nationally prior to the day of action, which would mean the closure would be reversed. I also recognise the disruption to education this causes which is why I have done all I can to keep Canonbury open wherever possible and to provide as much notice as I could.
The Canonbury after school activity club will operate as normal on the strike day and extra-curricular clubs will not be affected as they are not scheduled to run in the last week of the term.