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Gloucester Academy

Online Learning for Industrial Action Days - Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July 2023

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 Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July 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 these two days 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 these dates 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/students.

  • Year 10 will remain in school and complete a normal GA day.
  • Students from other year groups that need to be in school will be contacted separately
  • Students that parents/carers have requested their child to be in school *


*If you would like your child in school and they are not in year 10 please contact the school office and they will take your child’s name so we know to expect them.

GA Prep will be available to those students who the school is open for but 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, and 9

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 9.00am on Tuesday 4th July 2023.  The packed lunch can be collected from reception between 8.45am - 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 students 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 Cathy Gasher using the email address


Kind regards

Mrs P Lewis