RE: Industrial Action – Wednesday 1st February

25th January 2023

Dear Parent/Carer
Re. Industrial Action

As you may be aware, the National Education Union (NEU) has announced it is to take industrial action due to a national dispute between the unions and government over teachers’ pay and funding decisions for school. The first day will be next Wednesday, 1st February.

Due to the number of NEU members at Cowley and the health and safety implications, unfortunately, after careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision that the College cannot operate a standard day.

Next Wednesday, 1st February, the College will only be open to Sixth Form and a small group of identified Y7-11 students. Parents/carers of this identified group will receive a personal communication in the next few days.

Sixth Form students will follow their normal timetable. If their teacher is not in College, they will complete independent study in the Sixth Form Study Area.

All students not attending next Wednesday will be provided with appropriate independent study to complete throughout the day. Miss Barry will be providing more details about this and adding information to our website early next week.

I am sorry that you will have to make alternative arrangements for your child, and for the disruption to their education. I very much hope this situation can be swiftly resolved so we can continue to deliver high quality education and opportunities for our students. I am in regular contact with the LA and union representatives and will keep you informed of any progress or change.

College will re-open to all students on Thursday, 2nd February and it is a requirement that all students attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the college via email, however, more details will follow over the next few days.

Yours sincerely,
Mr R Cormack