Worthing High School teachers on strike

TEACHERS at Worthing High School are striking today (Tuesday, October 23) over plans to convert the school to an academy.

A picket line was staged from about 7am by teachers who are affiliated to NASUWT and NUT.

The school said it was committed to staying open despite the action.

Carolyn Dickinson, head teacher, said: “A very high percentage of our staff, were committed to keep Worthing High School open for all pupils today despite strike action by some members of the NUT and NASUWT today.

“School staff have worked hard with the leadership team to plan an alternative curriculum for today which has enabled us to remain open for all of our 1000 students.

“The governing body have continued to give staff reassurance that there is no intention to change existing pay and conditions upon our conversion and indeed did so publically at our recent staff T.U.P.E. consultation meeting earlier this term. Many parents have contacted me to express their thanks to the school for remaining open and were very supportive of our commitment to ensure that student learning was not impacted.”

However, there are ongoing concerns that a full consultation over the academy plans has not be carried out.

Of the 48 members of NUT and NASUWT, 16 members are taking strike action, 13 per cent of the 120 school staff.

A representative from the group said the consultation process had been ‘shambolic.’

They said: “We believe that the only sensible option now for the Worthing High governing body is to stop the conversion process, take stock and consult with all its stakeholders in a meaningful and democratic way.”