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Letter from Headteacher - Strike Action

26th January 2023


Dear Parents and Carers, Following the letter from Mr Lindsay Harvey (Corporate Director – Education and Family Support) about the intended industrial action in schools, which was shared yesterday evening, I can confirm that Ysgol Bryn Castell have considered the school’s individual context and completed a thorough risk assessment.


Through discussion with a number of colleagues both within and beyond the school, it has been determined that Ysgol Bryn Castell will be closed to all pupils on Wednesday 1st February 2023. Additional information will be shared early next week, including provision for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals and online activities.


This decision to close to pupils has not been taken lightly. In coming to a decision of this nature, the school has worked closely with Human Resources and Education officers from the local authority, taken advice from other professional associations and consulted with other schools.


I would like to make clear that the planned industrial action is as a result of a national dispute as opposed to any issues relating to our school. Our primary consideration is the health and safety implications of potentially having a significant number of our staff population absent from work.


The school will review the situation and update you of our intentions as soon as possible in advance of the other proposed industrial action dates. Ysgol Bryn Castell’s priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff and we will continue to act in the best interests of your children as we move forward, together. regarding the school closure day.


Thank you for your support, encouragement and feedback.


Helen Ridout (Headteacher)