Teachers in Nottingham strike over Academy status plans

Previous picket lines at The Kimberley School
Previous picket lines at The Kimberley School Photo: ITV Central

Teachers in Nottingham are due to strike today over plans to turn their school into an academy.

Staff at The Kimberley School will set up their pickets this morning after what they say were 'unsuccessful negotiations' with the Head Teacher about the secondary school getting academy status.

The Kimberley School
The Kimberley School Credit: ITV Central

They will also hand out leaflets to shoppers in the town and to parents at the Kimberley School's feeder primaries.

  • Awsworth Primary School, Awsworth
  • Gilthill Primary School, Kimberley
  • Hollywell Primary School, Kimberley
  • Horsendale primary School, Nuthall
  • Larkfields Junior School, Nuthall
  • Larkfields Infant School, Nuthall
  • Mornington Primary School, Nuthall

Members of the National Union of Teachers will walk out for two days.

They say the move isn't in the best interests of the children.

But the Head Teacher Chris Teal insists that the school will be better off financially if it becomes an academy.

The last strike by teachers was on the 29th of May
The last strike by teachers was on the 29th of May Credit: ITV Central

The NUT has expressed its disappointment that negotiations have broken down and that teachers felt the strike action is necessary.

Plans are for The Kimberley School to open as an academy in September.

A further three walkouts are planned on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.