AT LEAST 25 schools in Ellesmere Port and Neston are expected to close as a result of the pensions strike today (Wednesday).
But many services provided by Cheshire West and Chester Council – including those for the elderly and vulnerable – will function normally.
A total of 102 schools across the borough have indicated they would close completely.
Only six schools in Ellesmere Port and Neston will remain open, while four will be partially closed.
The schools closed are: Brookside Primary School, Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School, Cambridge Road Community Primary and Nursery School, Capenhurst Grange School, Childer Thornton Primary School, Ellesmere Port Christ CE Primary School, Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Hinderton School, Neston High School, Neston Primary School, Norley CE Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Parklands Community Primary School, Rivacre Valley Primary School, St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School, Sutton Green Primary School, St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School, St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School, Sutton Green Primary School, The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, University of Chester CE Academy, Whitby Heath Primary School, Woodfall Primary School and Woodlands Primary School.
The schools remaining open are: Little Sutton CE Primary School, Parkgate Primary School, The Oaks Community Primary School, Westminster Community Primary School, Willaston CE Primary School and Wolverham Primary and Nursery School.
There will be partial closures at: Rossmore School, Meadow Primary School, The Whitby High School and William Stockton Community School.
Parents in any doubt should contact the schools or check www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk, which will be updated as soon as information is available.
The council’s children’s centres will all be open, with the exception of those normally closed on Wednesday. Leisure centres across the borough are expected to open but members of the public are advised to ring before setting out.
Transport to schools which are open will not be affected and crossing wardens at those schools will be on duty as normal.
The council’s school meals service anticipates meals will be provided for all children attending school and sandwiches will be available if canteens cannot provide food.
Parents in any doubt should contact the schools themselves or check Cheshire West and Chester Council's updated school closure page: ( http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news_and_events/industrial_action/schools_affected_by_industrial.aspx )
For full details on the strike, refer to the council's strike action page: http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news_and_events/industrial_action-1.aspx