Teachers at a troubled Leyland St Mary’s Tech College walked out on strike – after the headteacher returned from a period of leave.
Members of the National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers are angry at the outcome of an investigation into problems at the school and said the strike followed the failure to resolve their deep concerns over poor management practices at the Royal Avenue school.
The union represents the majority of the teaching staff and has been trying to resolve issues raised by teachers at the school for more than a year.
Staff who remained in school, around 15 of them, were not allowed to teach classes for striking staff so the school was closed to all but the year seven and eights, and year 10 pupils were sent home after their mock exams.
A spokesman for the union said: “ Extensive efforts have been made to resolve the problems with the headteacher, the chairman of governors and the local authority, but they have continued to fail to exercise their duty of care towards the staff at the school. Throughout all of this the Diocese has remained silent.”
Parents have been worried athe affect a large e proportion of teaching staff on sick leave is having on pupils’ education.
The union spokesman added: The problems at the school have caused work related stress and are affecting the health and well-being of staff. Despite promises by the employer to address the well-being of staff no action has been taken.
“An investigation has been carried out into the issues raised by the NASUWT and the Union is considering the recommendations in the Report in detail. The report highlights numerous unresolved issues, poor recruitment practices and specific recommendations for improving management practices.
“Unfortunately, while the NASUWT and its members were considering the Report the governors chose to pre-empt the process of consideration and appeal and therefore there has been no alternative but for NASUWT members to demonstrate their anger and frustration through strike action.”
Chairman of the school governors Kathleen Cooper said: “My sincere hope is that we can move on from this difficult period and concentrate on providing a stable and happy school environment for our students.”