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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at South Shields School will be taking a day of action tomorrow (Thursday 1 November) over plans to close the school.
 
The action is in response to proposals from South Tyneside Council to close the school as it has yet to find a sponsor following an academy order being placed on it in November 2017.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“While the school has faced challenging circumstances, NASUWT members believe it is making good progress, indeed this year the school achieved its best ever GCSE results. To close the school now would undo all of the hard work which the staff and pupils have put in.
 
“The school is an important part of the local community and there is a lot of support from parents to keep the school open.
 
“If the closure goes ahead dedicated and hardworking teachers will lose their jobs and children will be forced to go through the upheaval and uncertainty of finding new schools.
 
“We believe it is not in anyone’s interest to close the school and members are making this stand to demonstrate the strength of feeling among staff and to implore the Council to rethink their plans for the future of the school.”
 
John Hall, NASUWT National Executive Member for Tyneside, said:
 
“NASUWT members at the school are dedicated to the pupils they teach and regret any disruption this action will cause, but they feel they have no other option in order to try to save their school.
 
“We are appealing to the Council to recognise the value that the school adds to the lives of its pupils and what will be lost if the school is removed from the community.”

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