Teachers go on strike at a school in Nottinghamshire

NUT teachers at Kimberley School go on strike
NUT teachers held a picket line outside the school gates this morning Photo: ITV Central

Teachers at a Nottinghamshire secondary school are on strike today over plans to turn it into an academy.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are staging a one-day walkout at the Kimberley School.

The strike has forced the partial closure of the school, with Year 8 and 9 pupils missing lessons. The stoppage also coincides with the busy exam period but the head teacher Chris Teal has sought to reassure parents that the walkout will not affect students sitting their GCSEs.

As an academy, the Kimberley School will be directly funded by the Government instead of Nottinghamshire County Council and will have freedom to set its own policies on things like admissions and holiday pattern.

Governors voted to convert last month.

They first considered the move in February but decided to seek further information about the financial impact.

The NUT claims their members were led to believe there would be no change and have accused the school of a U-turn.

The union is also worried about any future changes to their working conditions.

Mr Teal has told ITV Central the school will gain around £700000 from academy status. He also insisted there will be no changes to teachers' pay and terms.

A further two days of strike action are scheduled for June 13 and 14.