Industrial Action day Tuesday 2nd May 2023 & Online Learning Info
Dear GA Families
I am writing to update you of our plans to manage the forthcoming planned national and local industrial action, which has been announced by the National Education Union (NEU). The last of these dates is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
I want to give our families as much notice as possible about potential disruption on these dates. This letter will outline the most likely plan for this day using the most current information I have about predicted staffing levels. I understand that this will inconvenience families and appreciate that you will want to know how this will affect your child/ren so that you can plan any alternative childcare arrangements. Protecting the health and safety of our students is our first priority. My decision takes into account the number of teaching staff taking strike action, and the impact on the student to staff ratio as well as the number of staff able to take on additional responsibilities.
We cannot open the school fully on this date whilst keeping all students and staff supported. With this in mind we have decided that the school will remain open for the following year groups/pupils.
Year 11 students will remain in school and complete a normal GA day.
Year 10 students in some option groups will be asked to attend to catch up on coursework or prepare for an exam. Individual letters will go home via email and may well be followed up by a phone call.
Year 7 students are not required in school but we are able to accommodate them if you would rather they were with us. If you would like your Year 7 child to attend school please ring us and book a place.
Students from other year groups that need to be in school will be contacted separately
GA Prep will be available to those students who the school is open for, elite training sessions will also be available for Year 11 students. Unfortunately, our enrichment offer will not continue on this day.
The canteen will be open as normal so if your child is in receipt of free school meals or purchases lunch from the school then this will continue as normal.
Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
The school will be providing remote education for those students not attending school. The lessons will be accessed through the school website and will include a series of online lessons for students to complete. This work can be completed in their homework books so your child should ensure that they have enough pages in their homework book to complete this the evening before. Students will need to show their completed work in tutor time the following morning. If your child has difficulty accessing the Internet then please contact us and we can support you and your family.
Free School Meals
If your child is in receipt of free school meals and is in a year group that will not be attending school and you would like to have lunch provided then please click the following link to request this before 6pm on Monday 1st May 2023. The packed lunch can be collected from reception between 8.45 - 9.30am on each day of the industrial action. I want to thank you for your understanding and for making alternative arrangements for your child at short notice. Whilst we appreciate the disruption that this may cause to families and our children, we respect the right of our NEU members to participate in industrial action.
Gloucester Academy remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and delivering high-quality teaching.
We are working closely with our staff union representatives to keep up to date with the situation, and I will inform you of the final arrangements as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Gasher using the email address email@example.com
Mrs P Lewis