Strikes: Dozens of Comet country schools to close
DOZENS of schools in Comet country will be closed on Wednesday when teachers, health workers and council employees strike over proposed changes to their pensions.
Under the proposals, public sector pensions will move from final salary to career average, employee contributions will rise, and workers will have to work longer.
Members of unions including Unison, GMB and teachers’ unions NUT and NASUWT are taking industrial action.
So far, headteachers at more than 40 schools in Comet country have said their schools will be closed on Wednesday.
An up-to-date list of schools closed, or partially closed, is below.
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Councils have said service provision will be disrupted but that they are working to protect essential services.
Assurances have been given that emergency services at Lister Hospital in Stevenage will not be affected by the strike action, but delays to routine care are expected.
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Keep checking www.thecomet24.co.uk for updates as the consequences of the strike action unfold.
Comet country schools which will be closed, or partially closed, on Wednesday:
Ardeley St Lawrence C of E Primary, Stevenage
Ashtree Primary and Nursery, Stevenage
Ashwell Primary, Baldock (partially closed)
Barclay (The), Stevenage (partially closed)
Barnwell Secondary, Stevenage
Bedwell Primary School & Nursery, Stevenage
Benington C of E Primary, Benington Stevenage
Fairlands Primary School and Nursery, Stevenage
Fearnhill School, Letchworth
Featherstone Wood Primary, Stevenage (partially closed)
Heathcote (The), Stevenage
Highfield (The), Letchworth
Hillshott Infant School & Nursery, Letchworth
John Henry Newman, Stevenage
Knights Templar, Baldock
Letchmore Infants’ and Nursery, Stevenage
Leys Primary & Nursery School (The), Stevenage
Longmeadow Primary School, Stevenage
Lordship Farm Primary, Letchworth
Marriotts Secondary, Stevenage
Martins Wood Primary, Stevenage
Moss Bury Primary School & Nursery, Stevenage (partially closed)
Nobel (The), Stevenage
Northfields Infant & Nursery, Letchworth
Northgate Primary, Bishop’s Stortford
Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary, Letchworth (partially closed)
Peartree Spring Infant, Stevenage
Round Diamond Primary, Stevenage
Shephalbury Park Primary, Stevenage
St Andrew’s C of E VA Primary, Hitchin
St Nicholas C of E Primary, Stevenage
Stonehill Primary, Letchworth
St Vincent De Paul , Stevenage
Thomas Alleyne (The), Stevenage
Valley (The), Stevenage
Weston Primary, Hitchin
Wilbury Junior, Letchworth
William Ransom Primary, Hitchin (partially closed)
Wilshere-Dacre Junior, Hitchin
Woolgrove Special, Letchworth
Wymondley JMI, Little Wymondly
York Road Nursery, Hitchin