STRIKE UPDATE: Walk-outs in St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ramsey and at hospital

ALL Huntingdonshire’s secondary schools and the vast majority of the district’s primary schools are due to close during tomorrow’s strikes while hospital services and libraries are expected also to be hit.

All six of Huntingdonshire’s secondary schools have said they will close as thousands of public sector workers join a strike over pensions.

St Ivo School in St Ives, Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon, Sawtry Community College and St Peter’s School in Huntingdon will be closed entirely.

While Abbey College in Ramsey, Ernulf Academy and Longsands College in St Neots will remain open for Year 12 and 13 students who are sitting mock exams or need to use the study facilities.

Among the primary schools to close will be Abbots Ripton Primary, Alconbury Primary, Brampton Primary, Cromwell Park Primary, Earith Primary, Great Staughton Primary, Hartford Infants, Huntingdon Primary, Priory Junior, Priory Park Infant, Ramsey Spinning Infants, Somersham Primary, Sawtry Junior, Sawtry Infants, Stukeley Meadows Primary, Thongsley Primary, Thorndown Primary, Warboys Primary, Wheatfields Primary and Wyton on the Hill Primary.

Ashbeach Primary, Buckden Primary, Bury Primary, Godmanchester Primary, Crosshall Infants, Offord Primary, Ramsey Junior, Upwood Primary and Westfield Junior School will all remain open.

While Bushmead Primary School and Eynesbury Primary School will close partially.

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Staff walk-outs are also expected at Hinchingbrooke Hospital but health bosses have promised to ensure services will be “as normal as possible.”

A statement issued on Friday said a full risk assessment had been carried out and continguency plans were in place to cope with potential industrial action on Wednesday (November 30).

As part of those plans “a dedicated team” will be on site throughout the day to manage issues, said Anita Pisani, director of human resources at the hospital.

She said: “We have been working very closely with our local staff side representatives in relation to the potential impact that the planned industrial action on November 30 may have on the trust to ensure that this does not compromise patient safety in any way.

“In addition, we are also working with partner organisations to ensure we have a joined-up approach to planning services on the day.”

Huntingdon library and archives service is also due to close, as well as libraries in Cambridge, Wisbech and March.

As many as 5,000 people are expected to rally in Cambridge where two marches will converge on Parker’s Piece from starting points at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Cambridgeshire County Council’s Shire Hall headquarters.

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