TEACHERS at a Monmouthshire school staged their second strike yesterday over a series of longstanding issues.

Chepstow Comprehensive School, was force to close for the day due to the strike action by members of teaching union NASUWT.

NASUWT says the action is over what is alleged to be the failure of management and governors to address staff complaints.

General secretary of the NASUWT Chris Keates, said: “It is deeply regrettable that the progress which was being made to resolve the long-standing issues over the way in which Chepstow Comprehensive School is being managed has not been maintained.

“Teachers continue to feel undervalued, unsupported and disenfranchised from the decision making processes within the school.”

Cllr Richard John, Monmouthshire County Council’s executive member for children and young people said; “It is hugely disappointing to see the NASUWT take this industrial action.

“The local authority has been working with all sides through the ACAS to try to stop this.

“These extensive discussions have seen the governing body take steps to ensure that concerns of teachers are heard and improvements can be made – this included the establishment of a joint consultative committee within the school. These efforts of the governing body are positive developments and demonstrate a commitment to resolve this situation.

“We are committed to ensuring Chepstow School remains a vibrant part of the schooling system in Monmouthshire and will continue to work with all sides to bring this industrial action to a conclusion as soon as possible.”