AT LEAST 18 schools in Croydon are closed today as teachers take part in a mass walkout by public sector workers across the UK. A further 15 primary and secondary schools are only partially open as result of the dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions. Riddlesdown Collegiate, St Joseph's College, Heavers Farm Primary and Chipstead Valley Primary are among the schools which have decided to shut. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said teachers "deeply regretted" taking strike action. The strike is being held alongside action by five other public sector unions, representing firefighters, council staff and civil servants, but the NUT is the only teachers' union taking part. The Department for Education has said there is no justification for strikes and Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to tighten ballot laws. It is unclear exactly how many schools in Croydon are affected by the walkout, as a number have not published information on their own website or the central register. In a message on the school's website Gordon Smith, principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate, which has closed, said he had hoped to "run a relatively normal day". He added: "However, it is now clear this will not be possible and that I would have over 100 students each lesson of the day that I could not provide adequate teaching or supervision for. Therefore, with regret, I need to inform you that Riddlesdown Collegiate will be closed." At least nine schools remain open as normal, including Gonville Academy Archbishop Lanfranc School and Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College. To view the official OpenCheck website, which lists whether a school is open or closed, click here.Closed: Chipstead Valley Primary Ecclesbourne Primary Academy Heavers Farm Primary School Kingsley Primary School Park Hill Infant School Purley Oaks Primary School Selsdon Primary and Nursery School St Joseph's Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery schools* Whitehorse Manor Infant and Nursery Academy Whitehorse Manor Junior Academy Winterbourne Junior Girls' School Riddlesdown Collegiate St Joseph's College Thomas More Catholic School Cypress Primary School Fairchildes Primary School Rockmount Primary School Rowdown Primary School Open: Courtwood Primary School Gilbert Scott Primary School Gonville Academy St Peter's Primary School The Archbishop Lanfranc School Edenham High School Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls Atwood Primary School Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School Partially open: Beulah Infants' School Beulah Junior School Coulsdon CE Primary School Davidson Primary School Downsview Primary and Nursery School Elmwood Infant School Kenley Primary School Park Hill Junior School St Chad's Catholic Primary School St Mary's RC Junior School Woodcote High School Archbishop Tenison's CE High School Virgo Fidelis Forestdale Primary School Forest Academy * One class going on a school trip
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