ONLY one borough secondary school was expected to stay open yesterday (Thursday, June 30) as teachers along with civil servants and other public-sector workers went on strike.
St Peter’s Catholic School in Whitefields Road continued as normal but 11 other borough secondaries closed and one, Tudor Grange, was open only to Years 7,10 and 12.
Most primary schools stayed open although Daylesford Infant School, St Anthony’s RC Primary and St Mary and St Margaret’s C of E Primary told pupils to stay at home.
Teachers are taking action over a bitter row on pensions which unions say will mean staff working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council directed parents to contact individual schools with questions and said those schools that were open ‘would suffer some disruption to class numbers attending’.
Around 750,000 members of four trade unions walked out for 24 hours yesterday closing thousands of schools in England and Wales and causing disruption to Government services across Britain.
One in 12 teachers – some 100,000 – took part in the action - the first national strike in 25 years.