Saturday, 06 February 2016

Public sector strikes: School closures and the impact on Cumbria

Wednesday: 10.40am: More than 200 schools are closed today as a result of the public sector strikes.

Related: Public sector strike ‘will not affect vital health services’ in Cumbria - bosses

Individual teachers were not required to tell the school of their intention to strike, meaning the full impact of industrial action was not known until today.

Confirmed as closed are:

  • Allonby Primary School MARYPORT
  • Appleby Primary School APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND
  • Armathwaite School CARLISLE
  • Ashfield Infant School WORKINGTON
  • Ashfield Junior School WORKINGTON
  • Askam Village School ASKAM-IN-FURNESS
  • Barrow Island School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Beaconside CE Primary School PENRITH
  • Beckermet CE School BECKERMET
  • Beckstone Community Primary School WORKINGTON
  • Beetham CE School MILNTHORPE
  • Belle Vue Primary School CARLISLE
  • Bishop Harvey Goodwin School CARLISLE
  • Black Combe Junior School MILLOM
  • Blackford CE Primary School CARLISLE
  • Bowness-on-Solway Primary School WIGTON
  • Braithwaite CE (VA) Primary School KESWICK
  • Bram Longstaffe Nursery School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Brampton Primary School BRAMPTON
  • Bransty School WHITEHAVEN
  • Bridekirk Dovenby CE School COCKERMOUTH
  • Brough School KIRKBY STEPHEN
  • Broughton Moor School MARYPORT
  • Broughton Primary School COCKERMOUTH
  • Broughton-in-Furness CE School BROUGHTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Brunswick School PENRITH
  • Burgh-by-Sands School CARLISLE
  • Caldew School CARLISLE - Sixth form students can attend and use available study facilities
  • Calthwaite CE School PENRITH
  • Cambridge Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Captain Shaw's CE School MILLOM
  • Cartmel CE Primary School GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Castle Park School KENDAL
  • Chapel Street Infants School DALTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Clifton School PENRITH
  • Cockermouth School COCKERMOUTH
  • Coniston CE School CONISTON
  • Croftlands Infant School ULVERSTON
  • Crosby Ravensworth CE School PENRITH
  • Crosby-on-Eden CE School CARLISLE
  • Crosscrake CE School KENDAL
  • Culgaith CE School PENRITH
  • Cummersdale School CARLISLE
  • Cumwhinton School CARLISLE
  • Dalton St Mary's CE Primary School DALTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Dane Ghyll School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Dent CE Voluntary Aided Primary School SEDBERGH
  • Derwent Vale Primary and Nursery School WORKINGTON
  • Distington Community School WORKINGTON
  • Dowdales School DALTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Ellenborough and Ewanrigg Infant School MARYPORT
  • Ennerdale and Kinniside CE Primary School CLEATOR
  • Ewanrigg Junior School MARYPORT
  • Fairfield Junior School COCKERMOUTH
  • Fellview Primary School WIGTON
  • Flimby School MARYPORT
  • Flookburgh CE School GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Frizington Community Primary School FRIZINGTON
  • George Romney Junior School DALTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Ghyllside School KENDAL
  • Gilford Centre PRU CARLISLE
  • Gosforth CE School SEASCALE
  • Grasslot Infant School MARYPORT
  • Great Orton School CARLISLE
  • Greengate Infant and Nursery School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Greengate Junior School  BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Greystoke School PENRITH
  • Haverigg School MILLOM
  • Hayton CE Primary SchoolBRAMPTON
  • Heversham St Peter's CE School MILNTHORPE
  • Hindpool Nursery School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Holm Cultram Abbey CE School WIGTON
  • Holme Community School CARNFORTH
  • Holme St Cuthbert School MARYPORT
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Houghton CE School CARLISLE
  • Inglewood Infant School CARLISLE
  • Inglewood Junior School CARLISLE
  • Ireleth St Peter's CE School ASKAM-IN-FURNESS
  • Ivegill CE School CARLISLE
  • James Rennie School CARLISLE
  • Jericho School WHITEHAVEN
  • John Ruskin School CONISTON
  • Kells Infant School WHITEHAVEN
  • Kendal Nursery School KENDAL
  • Kingmoor Junior School CARLISLE
  • Kirkbride Primary School WIGTON
  • Kirkby Stephen Primary School KIRKBY STEPHEN
  • Kirkby Thore School PENRITH
  • Lakes School, The WINDERMERE
  • Lamplugh CE School FRIZINGTON
  • Lanercost CE School BRAMPTON
  • Langdale CE School AMBLESIDE
  • Lazonby CE School PENRITH
  • Leven Valley CE School ULVERSTON
  • Levens CE School KENDAL
  • Lindal and Marton School ULVERSTON
  • Lindale CE School and Community IT Centre GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Longtown Primary School CARLISLE
  • Lorton School COCKERMOUTH
  • Lowca Community School WHITEHAVEN
  • Lowther Endowed School PENRITH
  • Maryport CE Junior School MARYPORT
  • Maryport Infant School MARYPORT
  • Mayfield School WHITEHAVEN
  • Millom Infant School MILLOM
  • Millom School MILLOM
  • Milnthorpe Primary School MILNTHORPE
  • Monkwray School WHITEHAVEN
  • Montreal CE Primary School CLEATOR MOOR
  • Moresby Primary School WHITEHAVEN
  • Morland Area CE School PENRITH
  • Nelson Thomlinson School WIGTON
  • Netherhall School MARYPORT
  • Netherton Infant School MARYPORT
  • Newbarns Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Newlaithes Infant School CARLISLE
  • Newlaithes Junior School CARLISLE
  • Newman Catholic School CARLISLE
  • Newton School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Newtown School CARLISLE
  • Norman Street Primary School CARLISLE
  • North Lakes School PENRITH
  • North Walney Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Northside School WORKINGTON
  • Old Hutton CE School KENDAL
  • Orgill Primary School EGREMONT
  • Ormsgill Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Orton CE School PENRITH
  • Oughterside School WIGTON
  • Our Lady and St Patrick's Catholic Primary School MARYPORT
  • Pennine Way Primary School CARLISLE
  • Pennington CE School ULVERSTON
  • Penny Bridge CE School ULVERSTON
  • Petteril Bank School CARLISLE
  • Plumbland CE School WIGTON
  • Ramsden Infant School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Richmond Hill School WIGTON
  • Robert Ferguson Primary School CARLISLE
  • Roose School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Samuel King's School ALSTON
  • Sandgate School KENDAL
  • Sandside Lodge School ULVERSTON
  • Scotby CE School CARLISLE
  • Seascale School SEASCALE
  • Seaton CE Junior School WORKINGTON
  • Sedbergh Primary School SEDBERGH
  • Shankhill CE School CARLISLE
  • Shap Endowed CE School PENRITH
  • Silloth Primary School WIGTON
  • Sir John Barrow Primary School ULVERSTON
  • South Walney Community Junior School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • South Walney Infant School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Southfield Technology College WORKINGTON
  • St Bede's Roman Catholic Primary School CARLISLE
  • St Bees Village School ST BEES
  • St Begh's Catholic Junior School WHITEHAVEN
  • St Benedict's Catholic High School WHITEHAVEN
  • St Bernard's Catholic High School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St Bridget's Catholic Primary School EGREMONT
  • St Bridget's CE School COCKERMOUTH
  • St Bridget's CE School, Parton WHITEHAVEN
  • St Catherine's Catholic Primary School PENRITH
  • St Cuthbert's Catholic School and Nursery CARLISLE
  • St George's CE School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St Gregory's and St Patrick's Catholic Community School WHITEHAVEN
  • St Gregory's Catholic Primary School WORKINGTON
  • St Herbert's CE VA Primary and Nursery School KESWICK
  • St James' Catholic Primary School MILLOM
  • St James' CE Infant School WHITEHAVEN
  • St James' CE Junior School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St James' CE Junior School WHITEHAVEN
  • St Joseph's Catholic High School WORKINGTON
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School COCKERMOUTH
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School FRIZINGTON
  • St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary School CARLISLE
  • St Mark's CE School KENDAL
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School WHITEHAVEN
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Harrington WORKINGTON
  • St Mary's CE Nursery and Infant School WINDERMERE
  • St Mary's CE Primary School CARNFORTH
  • St Oswald's CE Primary School KENDAL
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School WORKINGTON
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School CLEATOR MOOR
  • St Paul's CE Junior School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St Pius X Catholic Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St Thomas' CE School KENDAL
  • Stainburn School WORKINGTON
  • Stanwix Primary School CARLISLE
  • Staveley CE School KENDAL
  • Stoneraise School CARLISLE
  • Storth CE School MILNTHORPE
  • Stramongate School KENDAL
  • Tebay Community School PENRITH
  • Temple Sowerby CE School PENRITH
  • Thomlinson Junior School WIGTON
  • Thornhill Primary School EGREMONT
  • Trinity School CARLISLE - Production of ‘Into the Woods’ will go ahead in The Creighton Hall. Adult Education classes as normal
  • Ullswater Community College PENRITH
  • Ulverston Victoria High School ULVERSTON
  • Valley Primary School WHITEHAVEN
  • Vicarage Park CE Primary School KENDAL
  • Vickerstown School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Victoria Infant and Nursery School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Victoria Infant and Nursery School WORKINGTON
  • Victoria Junior School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Victoria Junior School WORKINGTON
  • Waberthwaite CE School MILLOM
  • Walney School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Welton School CARLISLE
  • West Cumbria Learning Centre PRU
  • Westfield Nursery and Primary School WORKINGTON
  • Whitehaven School WHITEHAVEN
  • Wigton Infant School WIGTON
  • William Howard, BRAMPTON - closed to years 7-11. No scheduled lessons for years 12 and 13 but Sixth Form Centre will be available. No school transport.
  • Windermere CE Junior School WINDERMERE
  • Workington Sixth Form Centre WORKINGTON

Confirmed as partially open are:

  • Brisbane Park Infant School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Solway Community School WIGTON
  • All Saints CE School COCKERMOUTH - only open for nursery pupils and those using autism facility
  • Alston Primary School ALSTON
  • Arnside National CE School CARNFORTH
  • Beacon Hill ASPATRIA - open for years 10 and 11 who are studying for GCSEs only. Closed for years 7, 8 and 9 plus students who study ASDAN on Wednesdays.
  • Bookwell Primary School EGREMONT
  • Dean CE School WORKINGTON
  • Fairfield Infant School COCKERMOUTH - open only for reception, one year one class and one year two class
  • Hensingham Primary School WHITEHAVEN
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School DALTON-IN-FURNESS
  • Rockcliffe CE School CARLISLE
  • St Columba's Catholic Primary School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School WINDERMERE
  • Upperby Primary School CARLISLE
  • Beacon Hill Community School WIGTON
  • Newbridge House PRU BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Wreay CE School CARLISLE
  • Yanwath School PENRITH
  • Yarlside School BARROW-IN-FURNESS
  • Yewdale School CARLISLE

Confirmed as open are:

  • Cleator Moor Nursery School CLEATOR MOOR
  • Frizington Nursery School FRIZINGTON
  • Park View Nursery School MILLOM
  • Allithwaite CE School GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Ambleside CE School AMBLESIDE
  • Arlecdon School FRIZINGTON
  • Asby Endowed School APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND
  • Bassenthwaite School KESWICK
  • Bewcastle School CARLISLE
  • Blennerhasset School WIGTON
  • Boltons CE School WIGTON
  • Borrowdale CE Primary School KESWICK
  • Brook Street Primary School CARLISLE
  • Burlington CE School KIRKBY-IN-FURNESS
  • Croftlands Junior School ULVERSTON
  • Crosscanonby St John's CE School MARYPORT
  • Crosthwaite CE School KENDAL
  • Dean Barwick School GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Dean Gibson Catholic Primary School KENDAL
  • Fir Ends Primary School CARLISLE
  • Gilsland CE School BRAMPTON
  • Goodly Dale School WINDERMERE
  • Grange CE School GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
  • Grasmere CE School AMBLESIDE
  • Grayrigg CE School KENDAL
  • Great Corby School CARLISLE
  • Hallbankgate Village School BRAMPTON
  • Hawkshead, Esthwaite School AMBLESIDE
  • Heron Hill School KENDAL
  • High Hesket CE School CARLISLE
  • Ireby CE School WIGTON
  • Kingmoor Infant School CARLISLE
  • Kirkbampton CE School CARLISLE
  • Kirkoswald CE School PENRITH
  • Langwathby CE School PENRITH
  • Lees Hill CE School BRAMPTON
  • Low Furness CE Primary School ULVERSTON
  • Milburn School PENRITH
  • Moor Row School MOOR ROW
  • Nenthead School ALSTON
  • Patterdale CE School PENRITH
  • Penruddock Primary School PENRITH
  • Plumpton School PENRITH
  • Raughton Head CE School CARLISLE
  • Ravenstonedale Endowed School KIRKBY STEPHEN
  • Rosley CE School WIGTON
  • Selside Endowed CE School KENDAL
  • Skelton School PENRITH
  • St Bega's CE School HOLMROOK
  • St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School WIGTON
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School ULVERSTON
  • St Matthew's CE School WIGTON
  • St Michael's CE Primary School CARLISLE
  • St Michael's CE School WIGTON
  • St Michael's Nursery and Infant School WORKINGTON
  • St Patrick's CE School, Kendal KENDAL
  • Stainton CE School PENRITH
  • Threlkeld CE Primary School KESWICK
  • Thursby School
  • Thwaites School MILLOM
  • Ulverston CE Infant School ULVERSTON
  • Warwick Bridge School CARLISLE
  • Wiggonby CE School WIGTON
  • George Hastwell School BARROW-IN-FURNESS


Barrow area:
Jubilee House and Outreach - Closed
Mill Lane Day Services - Closed

West Cumbria:
Cockermouth - Closed
Hensingham - Operating as normal
Maryport - Closed
Workington  - Closed

Carlisle and Eden:
All Carlisle day services closed
Carlisle Supported Employment - Operating as normal
Eden Mental Health - Operating as normal
Eden Outreach - Operating as normal

Ulverston and Kendal day care services:
Ford Park - Closed
Horticare - Closed
Lightburn - Closed
Old Library - Closed
Whinfell - Closed
Whinfell Office Skills Project - Closed
Windmill - Operating as normal


Alston - Open
Ambleside - Closed
Appleby - Open
Aspatria - Open
Barrow - Closed
Carlisle - Closed
Cleator Moor - Closed
Cockermouth-  Closed
Denton Holme - Closed
Frizington - Closed
Gosforth - Closed
Grange - Closed
Harraby - Closed
Hensingham - Closed
Kells - Closed
Kendal -  Closed
Keswick - Closed
Kirby Stephen - Open
Longtown - Closed
Maryport - Open
Millom - Open
Milnthorpe - Open until midday
Mirehouse - Open
Morton - Closed
Penrith -  Open
Seascale - Closed
Sedbergh - Open
Silloth - Open
Thornhill - Open
Ulverston - Closed
Walney Island - Closed
Whitehaven - Closed
Workington - Open until 1pm

Barrow, Carlisle, Whitehaven - all closed; Kendal - open.

All REGISTER OFFICES will be open as usual.


Monday, 11am: Carlisle's Austin Friars and its sister primary school St Monica’s have written to parents saying they will be open as normal.

Headmaster Chris Lumb says that although his teachers will be affected by the Government’s pension reforms, the schools will be open on Wednesday.

“The teaching staff of Austin Friars St Monica’s are members of the Teachers’ Pension School in the same way as colleagues in the maintained sector.

“The likely changes to pension arrangements are a cause for concern for all teaching colleagues and, like them, I hope the negotiations will come to a mutually satisfactory conclusion. As a school we are pleased that we will be able to operate as usual on Wednesday and that there will be no disruption to our students’ education,” he says.

Thursday, 8pm: More schools in Cumbria have said that they will close next Wednesday during a day of public sector strikes.

A 'full' list will not be known until next week but now confirmed as closing are:

All Saints School, Cockermouth - closed to all but nursery pupils and those using autism facility

Appleby Grammar

Beacon Hill, Aspatria - open for years 10 and 11 who are studying for GCSEs only. Closed for years 7, 8 and 9 plus students who study ASDAN on Wednesdays

Brampton primary

Caldew School, Dalston - Sixth form students can attend and use available study facilities

Fairfield infant, Cockermouth - open only for reception, one year one class and one year two class

Inglewood juniors

Keswick School - except Boarding House

Newman, Carlisle

Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle

Stainburn School, Workington

Stanwix primary, Carlisle

Trinity School, Carlisle - Production of ‘Into the Woods’ will go ahead in The Creighton Hall. Adult Education classes as normal

Whitehaven School

William Howard, Brampton - closed to years 7-11. No scheduled lessons for years 12 and 13 but Sixth Form Centre will be available. No school transport.

These schools are expected to close if the strike goes ahead:

Ashfield infant, Workington

Ashfield junior, Workington

Victoria infant, Workington

Victoria junior, Workington

Northside, Workington

Westfield, Workington

St Mary’s, Workington

St Gregory’s, Workington

Seaton junior

Beckstone, Harrington

Derwent Vale, Great Clifton

St Joseph’s primary, Cockermouth

Fairfield junior, Cockermouth

Maryport junior

Ewanrigg junior, Maryport

Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Maryport



Bridekirk Dovenby




Cockermouth School

11am: Allerdale council expects a “significant proportion” of its staff to join the industrial action but said it hoped to keep disruption to a minimum.

Refuse collection will be operated as normal but the customer services centre at the Town Hall, Workington, will be closed.

Copeland Borough Council’s main office in Whitehaven will be open. The Copeland Centre will open at 10am and the front desk will be staffed.

Pat Graham, Copeland’s corporate director for people and places, said: “We would ask the public to be patient and only call or visit on Wednesday if the matter can’t wait.

"We will endeavour to carry out as many services as possible, as normally as possible, but we will not know until the day exactly how many staff we will have and in what departments. There may well be a changed level of services on that day.”

It is also envisaged the council’s Millom office will be open but that the Cleator Moor office will be closed.

Normal household waste collections will take place as soon as possible on Wednesday. Recycling should also be put out but if it is not collected then it will be collected on the next recycling collection day.

Brown (garden waste) bin collections will not take place.

Recycling points across Copeland will be open as normal.

8.55am: There are no plans to close any Cumbria County Council offices or stop delivering 'frontline' services during next week's public sector staff strike, says the authority.

It is anticipated that a 'business continuity plan' will enable the council to operate services next Wednesday during the national protest over pension reforms.

A total of 7,342 of its 20,000 workforce had been balloted for action.

Staff do not have to say in advance that they intend to strike and there is no way of predicting the total number who will take part in the action, it says.

As a result, it is not known how many schools will be closed. Headteachers will make a decision about whether to close, based on the main criteria of pupil health and safety.

The council has asked all local authority schools to tell it if they have already decided to close and to notify parents.

It is expected that the first 'full' list of school closures will be available from Monday. The News & Star will aim to bring you the details as soon as possible.

Jim Savege, the council's corporate director for organisational development, said: "The council has now received formal notification from the majority of trade unions that their members have voted in favour of a strike on November 30.

"Although we know how many of our staff are union members, the actual numbers of employees intending to strike will not be clear until the day as employees are under no obligation to inform us if they intend to strike until the actual day.

"However, we are not planning to close any of our services such as libraries, Household Waste Recycling Centres, trading standards offices or other council offices in advance.

"Obviously our priority is to continue to deliver services to those who need them and to protect the vulnerable throughout this time. The council has robust contingency plans in place to maximise service continuity and backup plans are already in place."

Police officers cannot go on strike so the day of action will not affect Cumbria Constabulary's response to emergencies.

However, it is anticipated that police staff members will take part and suitably trained officers and staff will help in departments such as the communications centre to deal with 999 calls.

Police will prioritise emergency calls during the 24 hour strike and have urged people who want to register a non-emergency, to wait until the following day if possible.

An automated message notifying callers of a potential delay in attending non-emergencies will be played on the force's number, 0845 33 00 247. Callers will be invited to leave a message or ring back at a later time. Non-emergencies will be dealt with as soon as possible after the strike.

Front counters in these police stations will remain open between 9am and 5pm:

  • Durranhill, Carlisle
  • Workington
  • Kendal
  • Barrow

Front counters in the county's other stations will be closed and will reopen as normal on Thursday, December 1.

The Fire Brigades Union and Retained Firefighters Union are not part of the industrial action.

This News & Star article will be as updated as often as possible to bring you details about closures and the impact of the strikes

Have your say

Let's not stand on picket lines all day making our point as we should. Let's all have a nice day off and go shopping while other people are put out by our selfishness.

Well done strikers you are a credit to your chosen professions.

Posted by Brian on 7 December 2011 at 22:31

Just goes to show the poor hard done to strikers show were their priorities lie. My son lost a day at school for a nice day's shopping. Jeremy Clarkson for Prime Minister, may be he wold put a stop to these junkets.

Posted by PH on 5 December 2011 at 21:52

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