Teachers at Penryn College are to go on strike tomorrow as part of industrial action undertaken by the National Union of Teachers.

The college, in consultation with the governors, has decided that students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 should not attend school on March 26, and are asking parents to keep their children at home.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Marie Hunter said: “This decision has been a difficult one and has been based on the need to ensure the safety and welfare of the children in our care. Significantly fewer teachers in school mean that there must be fewer children here that day.”

The college is set to remain open for year 11 students who will be expected to attend, and scheduled GCSE exams in art and ICT will go ahead, while computers will be available for students wishing to work on their ICT qualification.

The school will also be open for selected students who are working on literacy activities, to continue the French exchange programme, and for the year 10 health and social care Pathways to Health event. School transport and food will be available, but after school activities will not be run.

Falmouth School said they had not been notified of a strike by any teachers, and Penryn Infants and Junior schools said there was no planned industrial action, as did Mabe Primary School, Mylor Bridge Primary School, and King Charles School, St Mary’s School and Falmouth Primary Academy in Falmouth.