More than 20 schools to be affected by industrial action

The Bolton News: NUT stage walkout NUT stage walkout

MORE than 20 schools in the east of the borough are expecting to be affected by widespread industrial action that is due to take place on Thursday.

Not only will members of the National Union of Teachers walk out in a dispute over pay, pension and workloads, but they will be joined by council staff, firefighters and civil servants.

Only five schools in the east of the borough have confirmed that they will be completely closed for the day but many more will be partially closed to year groups or classes.

Other council services such as bin collections and adult day centres will be affected if the strike goes ahead as members of GMB, Unite and Unison join the NUT.

Alison McKenzie-Folan, director for customer transformation at Wigan Council, said: "A number of services across the council are likely to be disrupted due to the national strike action.

“We would ask customers and residents to visit our website at wigan.gov.uk to keep up to date with the impact on services.

“We expect call waiting times to increase significantly and as such we would urge residents to only contact us for urgent issues. 

“Alternatively use our website which can answer many of your queries, or contact us via email at eshelpline@wigan.gov.uk.”

Bins scheduled for collection on Thursday will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day.

The council is advising residents to take extra waste to one the three Household Waste Recycling Centres in the borough, at Ince, Atherton and Leigh in the meantime but collections will resume on Friday as normal.

The council’s bulky waste collection will be unavailable, as will pest control, except for emergencies. 

Registrars will have fewer staff, meaning fewer appointments will be available.

Seven adult day centres will be closed, though Broadmead, Etherstone and Hunter will remain open. Service users have been notified about the disruptions by letter.

The strike will not affect Wigan and Leigh Housing.

Schools that have so far announced how the strike will affect them are listed below:

Secondary schools

Bedford High School - open for all students but it may be that students, for some lessons, will not follow their normal timetable

Golborne High School – open as usual but will impact the school

Westleigh High School - open as usual

St Mary’s Catholic High Astley - open as usual

Fred Longworth High - open as usual but some classes may be affected

Hindley High School – open as usual

Lowton High School – open as usual

Leigh

Bedford-Hall Methodist Primary – closed to all pupils

Christ Church C.E. Primary Pennington – open as usual

Higher Folds Primary – closed to reception and classes three, five, seven, nine and 10

Leigh Central Primary – check with school

Leigh CE Infants – check with the school

Leigh CE junior – open as usual

Leigh St. Peter’s C.E. Primary – check with the school

Leigh Westleigh Methodist Primary – closed to years one, three and four

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Leigh – open as usual

St. John’s C.E. Infants Leigh – open as usual

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary Leigh – closed to years three, four and five

St. Thomas’ C.E. Primary Leigh – closed to all pupils

Twelve Apostles Catholic Primary – open as usual

Westleigh St. Paul’s C.E. Primary – open as usual

Gilded Hollins Community – open in morning to all pupils but closed in the afternoon

Newton Westpark Primary – closed to years three, four and five

St. Catherine’s Catholic Primary Lowton – open to year one only

Bickershaw C.E. Primary – open as usual

Lowton and Golborne

Lowton J & I – open as usual

St. Luke’s C.E. Primary – open as usual

Lowton West Primary – open as usual

Lowton St. Mary’s C.E. Primary – open as usual

Golborne Community Primary – open but some classes affected

Golborne St. Thomas C.E. J & I – closed to two classes

All Saints Catholic Primary Golborne - closed to all pupils but new starters, Inspire session and reception parents evening will go ahead as normal

Tyldesley and Atherton

Garrett Hall Primary – open as usual

St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary – open as usual

St. George’s Central C.E. Primary – open as usual 

St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary Astley – open as usual

Tyldesley Primary – closed to years one and four

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary Hindsford – open as usual Atherton

Chowbent Primary – only reception, years five and six are in all day and year one are in for the morning

Atherton St. George’s C.E. Primary – closed to all pupils

Atherton St. Philip’s C.E. Primary – check with the school

Hindsford C.E. Primary – open as usual 

Meadowbank Primary School – nursery closed

New Green Hall Primary – closed to all pupils

Parklee Community School –closed to year one, five and six

St Michael's C.E. Primary Howe Bridge – closed to classes two, five and six

St. Richard’s Roman Catholic Primary – closed to years one and three

Hindley and Hindley Green

Castle Hill St Philip's Primary – open as usual

Hindley All Saints C.E. Primary – open as usual

Hindley Green Primary – closed to nursery, reception and one class each in years three and four

Hindley J & I – closed to reception, years two and five

Hindley Green St. John’s C.E. J & I – open only to year one

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Hindley Green – open as usual

St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary Hindley – open as usual

St. Peter’s C.E. Primary – open as usual

Boothstown and Mosley Common

Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary Boothstown – closed to reception and years one, five and six

St Andrews CE Primary Boothstown – open as usual

Boothstwon Methodist Primary – check with the school

St. John’s C.E. Primary Mosley Common – open as usual

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