Industrial Action

Tuesday 31st January 2023

Industrial Action

You may be aware that the National Education Union (NEU) recently balloted their members and secured enough votes in support of industrial action by teaching staff. Four dates have been issued for strikes which, if they go ahead, will affect staff at Nightingale Community Academy.


These dates are:

Wednesday 1st February

Thursday 2nd March

Wednesday 15th March

Thursday 16th March


As there are a significant number of NEU members at Nightingale Community Academy we expect that there will be disruption to the school day on 1st February.  We are engaging proactively with NEU members and staff in many cases have been open about their plans.  However, staff do not have to tell us if they intend to strike and therefore we are unable to plan with certainty for the day and expect that there could be some last minute changes.

The primary school will open for every child but we will not follow normal timetable routines. Tutor groups will be mixed and a range of activities will be provided to ensure that children have access to pastoral support and academic challenge as appropriate. The therapy team will also continue to provide interventions as per their normal caseloads.

The secondary school will open for every child with changes to teaching timetables where specialist staff are unavailable. The sixth form will close.

The strike day coincides with industrial action on the railways and this may further complicate the organisation on the day. Rest assured, if there are any last-minute changes we will give you as much notice as possible.

Following the first strike, we expect to have a better idea of numbers of staff striking for following strikes if they go ahead.

A decision will be made nearer the time about arrangements for 1st/2nd March.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school on 020 8874 9096

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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