Schools across Cornwall are partially shut today and tomorrow due to planned national strike action by the NEU members.

Redruth School have said that pupils in Year 7 to 10 will be set tasks online today and tomorrow.

The school has again decided to remain open for all Year 11 students as they are now close to their final exams. 

They say they are planning for them to follow their timetable on both days, where possible.

The school will also open for vulnerable students and these families will have been phoned by the school to confirm their place. Some selected Year 10 vocational students have be invited into school to work on their coursework, and these families will have been contacted.

But all other year groups will have online tasks.

Penair School in Truro is also open to Year 11 students (until 1pm), vulnerable students and those for whom both parents are critical workers. It is also closed to all other students in years 7 to 10. Students are directed towards tasks pre-set and uploaded by teachers or via the Oak National Academy online resources.

Newquay’s Tretherras school have gone further and is only open to Year 13 and vulnerable students.

The school said: “We have conducted an updated risk assessment to assess how we can manage the school safely for staff and students during this period of industrial action and, based on this risk assessment, Newquay Tretherras will only be open to staff and Year 13 students on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023. We will be closed to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 unless they are vulnerable children or SEND students, or children of critical workers. 

“Given the low staffing levels we believe we will have on the strike days, we feel we are able to partially open the school to Year 13, and also accommodate some SEND children and safeguard our most vulnerable young people.”

Richard Lander School in Truro has all years except Year 11 working from home.