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Public sector strikes: List of East Lancashire school closures
MOST East Lancashire schools and colleges will be fully closed when teachers and support staff walk out on Wednesday.
The majority of schools have taken a decision to either close or teach a handful of classes on the day.
Schools which said they will remain open are Accrington St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Langho, Bolton by Bowland CofE V/A Primary School, Belmont Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Blackburn, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, Blackburn, Our Lady’s RCP Primary School, Blackburn, St Aidan’s CofE Primary School, Blackburn, St Edwards RCP Primary School, Blackburn.
Schools such as St Nicholas CofE Primary School, Church, and Simonstone St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Burnley, will partially open.
But some schools such as Marsden Heights Community College, Brierfield, St Oswald’s RC Primary School, Accrington, and Clitheroe Pendle Primary School are yet to make a decision.
Letters sent home to parents explain that staff are not obliged to notify the school about industrial action leaving many parents in limbo.
A letter for parents of pupils at Marsden Heights Community College said: “There is no requirement for unions to inform us which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation for members of unions to obey a strike call.”
The day of action has been organised in objection to government plans to make staff pay more and work longer to earn their pensions.
In addition to the schools closing, Blackburn College will shut down completely, but Nelson and Colne College will remain open and run a study day, with support available for students.
Burnley College will be open and running classes, as will Accrington and Rossendale College unless more staff than expected decide to strike.
The town’s University of Central Lancashire campus will open, and students will be alerted to any cancelled lectures, seminars or other sessions ahead of the strike.
It is unclear whether St Mary’s College in Blackburn will open or not.
Here is a list of schools confirmed as closing or partially closing so far:
Blackburn with Darwen
Beardwood; Blakewater; Darwen Vale; Our Lady & St John; Pleckgate; St Bedes; Witton Park; Crosshill; Fernhurst; Newfield; PRU – St Thomas; Sunnyhurst; Ashleigh; Audley Junior; Avondale; The Redeemer; Brookhouse; Daisyfield; Feniscowles; Griffin Park; Hawthorns Junior; Holy Souls; Intack; Lammack; Longshaw Infant; Longshaw Junior; Lower Darwen; Meadowhead Infant; Meadowhead Junior; Roe Lee Park; Sacred Heart; Shadsworth Infant; Shadsworth Junior; St Albans; St Annes; St Antonys; St Barnabas/St Pauls; St Barnabas; St Cuthberts; St Francis; St Gabriels; St James (Darwen); St James (Lower Darwen); St James (Blackburn); St Josephs; St Luke & St Philips; St Mary & St Joseph; St Matthews; St Michael/St John; St Pauls, Hoddlesden; St Pauls, Feniscowles; St Peters, Blackburn; St Peters, Darwen; St Silas; St Stephens; St Stephens, Tockholes; St Thomas; Sudell; Turton Edgworth; Wensley Fold; Brunel; Longshaw.
Ightenhill Primary School; Rockwood Nursery School; Stoneyholme Nursery School; Ightenhill Nursery School; Padiham Primary School; Ridgewood Community High School; Rosewood Primary School; Sir John Thursby Community College; Taywood Nursery School and Extended Services; Unity College.
Gregson Lane Primary School, Brindle; St James' Church of England Primary School, Brindle; Parish Church of England Primary School, Coppull; Primary School and Children's Centre, Coppull; Duke Street Nursery School; Duke Street Primary School; Pemberton's Church of England Primary School, Heskin; Holy Cross Catholic High Schooll; Parklands High School.
Huncoat Primary School; St John's Church of England Primary School, Baxenden; Great Harwood Primary School ; St Bartholomew's Parish CofE Va Primary School, Great Harwood; Hippings Methodist Primary School, Oswaldtwistle; Moor End Community Primary School, Oswaldtwistle; Hollins Technology College, Accrington.
West Craven High Technology College, Barnoldswick; Blacko Primary School; Christ Church Church of England Primary School, Colne: Newtown Nursery School, Colne; Hendon Brook School, Nelson; Pendle Vale College, Nelson.
Barnacre Road Primary School, Longridge; Barrow Primary School; Pendle Primary School, Clitheroe; St Cecilia's Roman Catholic Technology College. Longridge; St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School. Hurst Green; St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Simonstone.
All Saints Catholic Language College, Rawtenstall; Britannia Community Primary School, Bacup; St Saviour's Community Primary School, Bacup; St John with St Michael CofE Primary School, Shawforth; St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, Stacksteads; Tor View Community Special School, Haslingden.
Hazlehurst Primary; Peel Brow Primary; St.Andrews CE Primary; St.Josephs RC Primary; Woodhey High School.