Parents warned to check with schools for possible closure in the Market Rasen area


Parents and carers are warned to check with the children’s school for possible closure next Tuesday, October 1, as the Teachers’ Unions have called on their members to strike.

The majority of schools in the Market Rasen area will, at the time of writing (Wednesday September 25), not be affected by the strikes.

Market Rasen’s De Aston Academy will be partially open, and Market Rasen CE Primary School will be open.

All of Caistor’s school, Caistor Grammar School Academy, Caistor Yarborough Academy and Caistor CE and Methodist Primary School.

Middle Rasen Primary School and Grasby All Saints Primary School will be open, as will Keelby Primary School and Kesley Primary School.

Tealby Primary School, Nettleton Community Primary School, Brocklesby Park Primary School, Osgodby Primary School, Hackthorn Primary School, Hemswell Cliff Primary School, Normanby by Spital Primary School and Faldingworth Community Primary School will be also be open.

Binbrook Primary School will be partially open.

Any updates from the Council will be published on the council’s website - - and updates will also appear on the Market Rasen Mail website.

Lincolnshire County Council has asked schools to report if they are having to close, or partially close.

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, said: “We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children. This will determine whether they should close for the day or not.

“Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”

David O’Connor, Executive Director for Performance and Governance, added: “Trade unions have balloted for industrial action in response to proposed national changes to pay and pensions. This is not a local dispute and is likely to affect many public services across the country.

“As a responsible authority, we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure vital life and limb services are maintained.

“Plans are also in place to minimise any disruption to other council services and we have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if some are taking leave to look after their children.”