THOUSANDS of families face a childcare headache as more than 50 Wearside strike-hit schools plan to close completely on Thursday.
A total of 53 schools have announced they will stay shut on Thursday morning as a result of widespread industrial action over pensions. Many more will have to cancel classes and shut down facilities.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) say proposed changes to their pension scheme will see teachers working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.
Lecturers and academics at Sunderland University and City of Sunderland College will also walk out on strike over planned changes to pension scheme, as will staff at Sunderland’s Revenue and Customs offices.
Here is a list of school closures announced so far:
Academy 360 - CLOSED
Barmston Village Primary School - OPEN for Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 only
Barnwell Primary School - CLOSED - Childcare is Open
Benedict Biscop CE Primary School - CLOSED
Bernard Gilpin Primary School - CLOSED
Biddick School Sports College - CLOSED
Castle View Enterprise Academy - CLOSED
Castletown Primary School - PARTLY OPEN
Columbia Grange - Some classes will be OPEN
Diamond Hall Infant School - CLOSED
Dubmire Primary School - CLOSED
Easington Lane Primary School - CLOSED
East Herrington Primary School - CLOSED
Eppleton Primary School - CLOSED
Farringdon Community Sports College - CLOSED
Farringdon Primary School - CLOSED
Fulwell Junior School - CLOSED
George Washington Primary School - CLOSED
Gillas Lane Primary School - CLOSED
Grange Park Primary School - CLOSED
Grindon Infant School - CLOSED
Hasting Hill Primary School - CLOSED
Hetton Lyons Nursery School - PARTLY OPEN
Hetton Lyons Primary School - CLOSED
Hetton School - CLOSED
Highfield Community Primary School - Open with the exception of 1 Year 6 Class, 1 Reception Class, Nursery Closed
Hill View Junior School - Some classes will be open whilst some will be closed
Holley Park Primary School - OPEN to Year 3 only.
Houghton Kepier Sports College - CLOSED
Houghton-le-Spring Community Nursery School - Partly open
Hudson Road Primary School - CLOSED BUT OPEN FOR LUNCH
Hylton Castle Primary School - CLOSED
Hylton Red House Primary School - OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASSES. Reception – all children, Year 2 - Class 5 Miss Stanley/ Mrs Ramsay, Year 3 - Class 8 Miss Fraser, Year 6 – both classes. ALL OTHER CLASSES CLOSED.
John F Kennedy Primary School - OPEN for Nursery and 1 year 3 class only
Lambton Primary School - CLOSED for all children expect Year 5
Maplewood School - CLOSED
Mill Hill Primary School - CLOSED
Monkwearmouth School - CLOSED
New Penshaw Primary School - CLOSED
New Silksworth Junior School - CLOSED
Newbottle Primary School - CLOSED
Oxclose Community School - CLOSED
Pennywell Early Years Centre - Education is CLOSED, however childcare is available for children who normally attend.
Plains Farm Primary School - OPEN for 2 classes Year 1 and Year 3
Portland School - Some classes will be open
Red House Academy - CLOSED
Redby Primary School - CLOSED
Richard Avenue Primary School - CLOSED
Ryhope Infant School - CLOSED
Ryhope Junior School - CLOSED to Years 3 and Year 5 on the morning of 30th. OUT OF SCHOOL VISIT ON THE AFTERNOON WILL STILL TAKE PLACE FOR ALL CHILDREN
Sandhill View School - CLOSED
Seaburn Dene Primary School - Open for Foundation Stage Unit and Key Stage 2
Shiney Row Primary School - CLOSED
South Hylton Primary School - CLOSED
Southmoor Community School - CLOSED
Springwell Village Primary School - CLOSED to Nursery, Year 1 and Year 5. All other year groups open.
St Anne’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School - Open to all Year groups expect Year 5
St Benet’s RC Primary School - CLOSED
St John Boste RC Voluntary Aided Primary School - CLOSED
St Joesph’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School - CLOSED
St Patrick’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School - OPEN for Reception Children only. The before school club is open for these children but there will be NO after school club.
St Pauls C of E Controlled Primary School - CLOSED
St Roberts of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College - OPEN to Year 7, 8 and 9. CLOSED to Year 10 and 12.
Sunningdale School - CLOSED
Thornhill School Business and Enterprise College - CLOSED
Usworth Colliery Nursery School - CLOSED
Usworth Colliery Primary School - School is OPEN, however certain classes (where the teachers are striking) have been advised not to come in.
Usworth Grange Primary School - OPEN for 2 classes (Year 4 and CAP Class). Other classes CLOSED.
Valley Road Primary School - CLOSED to pupils. Childcare available
Washington School - CLOSED
Wessington Primary School - CLOSED