Strike shuts Ribble Valley schools

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A NUMBER of schools in the Ribble Valley will be closed today due to strike action by teachers.

One local secondary school and eight primary schools are affected by the industrial action.

The teachers’ unions are campaigning against changes to their pensions, which they say will mean working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.

Ken Cridland, Lancashire NUT Secretary, said: “The Government is trying to raid our pension scheme and those of other public sector workers, to help pay for the budget deficit which increased in the recent economic crisis.

“We did not cause the crisis and we should not have to pay for it with what amounts to a tax on our pensions.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove this week urged headteachers to go to desperate lengths to keep schools open.

In a letter to schools, Mr Gove said he was “particularly concerned” that school closures would affect working families and single parents.

So far the following Ribble Valley schools have said they would be affected by the industrial action.

Whole school closures:

l Chatburn CE Primary School.

l St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Hurst Green.

l Edisford Primary School, Clitheroe.

l Ribblesdale High School/Technology College, Clitheroe.

Partial closures:

l Brennand’s Endowed Primary School, Slaidburn, is closed to pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 only. The remainder of pupils will attend school as scheduled.

l Sabden Primary School, is closed to nursery pupils only. The remainder of pupils will attend as scheduled.

l Salesbury Church of England Primary School is closed to the following groups, nursery and classes 1,4,5,6,7 and 8b. The remainder of pupils will attend as scheduled.

l St Mary’s RC Primary School, Osbaldeston, is closed to pupils in Class 1 and Class 3. The remainder of pupils can attend school as scheduled. After school club and school lunches will be unaffected.

l Thorneyholme RC Primary School Dunsop Bridge, is closed to Class 1 only. The remainder of the school will open as scheduled.