Industrial Action 26th & 27th June

Harvey Waller - Friday, June 21, 2019

Further to my letter on 11th June 2019 about strike action I can confirm that we will be opening the school for Year 10 only on these days for exams to go ahead.

Here are the arrangements for each day:

Wednesday 26th June
• All students arrive 8.40am for Maths exam 9am - 10.30am
• All students who are entered for food and nutrition exam to remain at school and supervised for revision until exam in afternoon – canteen will be open at 12.30 – exam will start at 1.15pm
• We offer supervised study to remainder of Year 10 for remainder of day - students can sign out after Maths if we have agreement from parents

If on Wednesday you would like your child to be able to come home after the exam in the morning then you will need to let the school know by filling in and returning the permission slip to reception. Click here to download it.

Thursday 27th June
• All French students arrive at 8.40pm for their exam 9am - 10.35am Foundation, 9am- 11am Higher
• All French students who are taking Sociology and DT remain on site until exam in the afternoon
• DT and Sociology students arrive at 1pm for their 1.15 exam

We will only be expecting those students who are taking exams to come into school on Thursday. However, we will have a supervised study room for any Year 10 students to come into school and use during the day. Students taking advantage of this will need to sign in at reception and go to rooms IT2 and IT3. 

The students will need to wear uniform and bring the correct equipment for each exam.

A copy of this permission slip will also be available for students to collect during tutoring on Monday or from reception or click here to download it.

The canteen will be able to provide a limited menu for Wednesday at both breaks but they cannot provide a hot meal. All students at school on Thursday will need to bring in a packed lunch if they wish to stay for the day. Arrangements will be made for any students receiving free school meals.

Click here for the full letter.

I regret to inform you that the National Education Union (NEU) has called seven days of strike action over a period of three weeks in protest at our school’s plans to convert to academy status.

Please click here to read the previous letter from the Head of School in full

Statement from Penny Gaunt, Chair of the Interim Executive Board:

“Our priority is to provide students with the opportunity to reach their full potential and seven days of missed school due to strike action will have a detrimental impact on their education."

“Swale Academies Trust (SAT) has been providing leadership at the school since November 2015, during which time the school has made good progress, and there was strong support from parents for the continued involvement of SAT during a consultation held in 2017."

“We still consider that the best future leadership and governance arrangement for the school is to join the trust and we hope that the academy conversion process will be completed in the next few months.”