Hornsey teachers to strike following reports of ‘bullying’ from management

Hornsey School for Girls in Inderwick Road

Hornsey School for Girls in Inderwick Road - Credit: Archant

Teachers at a Hornsey school are planning a walkout following complaints of “bullying behaviour, oppressive management and entirely unreasonable workload expectations”.

Teachers Hornsey School for Girls, rated “Good” by Ofsted, are set to walk out amid allegations of staff facing public humiliation, including being ridiculed and belittled in meetings.

And union members say teachers have had to take on extra responsibilities following restructuring and voluntary redundancies.

The National Union of Teachers says there have been “severe problems” at the school.

School members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted to take an an initial three days of strike action.

Julie Davies, secretary of Haringey NUT said: “We have tried meeting governors and explaining to them that they need to intervene.

“They do not seem to believe there is a problem.

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“Our ballot results have shown that there is. We have held a ballot and are now calling strike action to force them to restore good order and proper management to the school.

“We need serious talks with them about how we can achieve this. Hornsey is a good school and our members will leave unless something is done.”

Vice-chair of governors, Jon Marks said: “We are proud of the work Hornsey School for Girls is doing to improve the quality of our pupils’ education; something the local community seems to recognise with our increased numbers of students in Year 7 over the next academic year.

“We hope the NUT can resolve their concerns without holding a strike which would disrupt teaching and learning in our school.

“We have clear procedures for our staff to resolve any complaints or concerns.”

Teachers will strike on April 26, May 4 and 5.

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