Teacher Strike Update

Re: NEU Teachers’ Strike on Thursday 2nd March

As a result of the upcoming strike action being taken by members of the National Education Union, in protest of teachers’ pay and conditions and school funding, the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 2nd March to all year groups apart from the Nursery.

I am sure that you will understand that our dedicated and hard-working teachers have not taken this decision lightly. The NEU explain: “This is not about a pay rise but correcting historic real-terms pay cuts. Teachers have lost 23% in real-terms since 2010, and support staff 27% over the same period. The average 5% pay rise for teachers this year is some 7% behind inflation. In the midst of a cost of living crisis, that is an unsustainable situation.”  In addition, part of this pay rise has NOT been funded by central government, and will have to be found in the school’s existing budget. This will have a direct impact on the provision at Coopers Lane and our pupils and staff.  

Whilst we are aware of the inconvenience that the strike will cause families, teachers across the UK are asking the Government to listen to their concerns and reconsider their stance to protect education, and enhance the recruitment and retention of teachers. 

Only the Nursery will be open on the 2nd March, as usual.

 I will update you if there is any change to the arrangements prior to the 2nd March.

There are 2 further strike days planned this term; Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. I will update you about any potential class closures on these dates as soon as I have more information.

Kind regards

Paul Hooper

Head Teacher

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Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Fri 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 6:00pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email




Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant