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Seven West Cheshire schools shut by teachers' strike

At least 35 schools were affected by the England-wide industrial action

Chester teacher Greg Foster addresses passersby on a megaphone about the reasons for opposing the academisation of schools in England during a protest earlier this year.

Seven schools fully closed and at least 28 were partially shut across West Cheshire during a national strike over concerns about a funding crisis and teacher workloads.

Tuesday’s (July 5) England-wide teachers’ strike impacted on primary and secondary schools in the borough as well as academies.

Fully closed primaries were Upton Westlea, Barrow CE, Saughall All Saints CE and Dee Banks in Chester plus St Bernard’s RC and Cambridge Road Primary and Nursery in Ellesmere Port.

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Upton Westlea Primary School was closed by the strike.

The only high school to fully close was St Nicholas Catholic High School in Hartford, Northwich.

Secondary schools partially closed were Upton High School, The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School Academy in Boughton and Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College.

Cheshire West and Chester Council revealed a total of 116 local authority schools, free schools and academies remained open altogether and the situation was unknown for 12.

Tarporley High School was partially closed by Tuesday's strike.

Primary schools partially closed were: Chester Blue Coat CE Primary, Darnhall Primary School, Eccleston CE Primary School, Frodsham Manor House Primary School, Hartford Manor, Hinderton School, Kingsley Community Primary School and Nursery and Lower Peover Church of England Primary School.

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Others partially closed were: Moulton School, Oaklands School, Oldfield Primary School, Overleigh St Mary’s CE, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Rossmore School, St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School, St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, Sutton Green Primary School, Tilston Parochial Church of England Primary School, Upton Heath Church of England Primary School, Waverton Community Primary School, The Whitby High School, William Stockton Community School, Woodfall Primary School, Woodlands Primary School and The Russett School and the Cheshire MSI Unit.

The Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port was partially closed due to the strike.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the strike action was to highlight a funding crisis that was ‘impacting on teachers’ terms and conditions and children’s education’.

Greg Foster, secretary of West Cheshire NUT, said the action was also about opposing the break-up of the education system into individual academies, which threatened to undermine teachers’ national terms and conditions.

Earlier this year education secretary Nicky Morgan announced the government was abandoning forced academisation in England but the NUT says it is still happening by stealth.

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Mr Foster, who led a protest at The Cross over the academies programme, said: “We want the government to say all teachers, whether or not they are in academies, will be subject to school teachers’ pay and conditions. What we are saying is we want our terms and conditions protected.”

Education secretary Nicky Morgan criticised the strike, saying it would ‘harm children’s education’, inconvenience parents and ‘damage the profession’s reputation in the eyes of the public’. She said the government had protected school funding ‘when other areas of spending are having to be reduced’.

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