What the parents had to say

HANDs FULL: Jo Smith-Chance had to look after five children whose schools were affected by the strike. From left: Josh Chance 14, Thom Chance 8, Maggie-May Aiken 12, Abbie-Lauren Chance and Niamh Bowyer.
HANDs FULL: Jo Smith-Chance had to look after five children whose schools were affected by the strike. From left: Josh Chance 14, Thom Chance 8, Maggie-May Aiken 12, Abbie-Lauren Chance and Niamh Bowyer.
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Children got an unexpected day off on Tuesday as some teachers took up their unions’ calls for industrial action over pensions.

But the action by the National Union of Teachers appeared to be limited to only a few schools in the Sudbury area, with the majority of primary schools open, and most senior schools open or offering limited lessons.

An Ormiston Sudbury Academy spokeswoman said the school stayed open. “We are not affected,” she said. “Our lessons are going on as normal.”

At Thomas Gainsborough School, lessons were limited to Year 11, 12 and 13. But the school was also open to students whose parents were unable to look after them.

Headteacher Wayne Lloyd said: “We’ve opened the school to students whose parents cannot get childcare.”

Hadleigh High School was open to only Year 11 pupils. Headteacher Caroline Gibson said: “I am always saddened to have to close the school as I fully appreciate the difficulties this can cause for families.”

Hedingham School closed because, headteacher John Panayi said, a significant number of staff had taken part in the action.

Clare’s Stour Valley Community School remained open.

St Gregory’s in Sudbury, Elmsett and Whatfield primary schools all closed, with Hintlesham offering limited lessons.