SCORES of schools across Barnsley will close on November 30 after thousands of public sector workers agreed to strike in a row over pensions.

The walkout will see public sector workers - like nurses, teachers and council staff - refuse to work on that date and instead do a rally in Barnsley which starts at Churchfields at 9.30am and marches through the town to Peel Square.

In a statement issued earlier today, Barnsley College said a large number of its staff was likely to be striking and that students should check with their heads of department to advise on whether courses are still running.

The statement added: "If your course is running your tutor will tell you where to come and who will be supervising you.

"Most College sites will be closed but the main site at Old Mill Lane will be open if you want to use the Learning Curve – there will be limited access to other facilities."

Not only will several schools be closed - but things like bin collections and support services will also be affected.

A council spokesman said: "While it is recognised this is a national dispute, every effort will be made by Barnsley Council to continue to deliver essential services to ensure the health and safety of the public. However there will unfortunately be disruption to services normally available from the council."

There will be no green bin or kerbside recycling collections on that date - they will be picked up on Wednesday 14 December. There will be limited or no grey bin collection - those not collected will be collected on Wednesday, 7 December instead.

The following schools will be closed for one day:


Athersley South Barugh Green Birdwell Burton Road Cherry Dale – closed to nursery and years 1/2/4 and 5 Darfield All Saints Dearne Carrfield Dearne Highgate Dodworth St John the Baptist CE Elsecar Gawber Gooseacre High View Learning Centre Holy Cross Holy Rood Hoyland Common Hoylandswaine Hunningley Joseph Locke Jump Kexborough Ladywood Littleworth Grange Mapplewell Pipers Grove Richard Newman Royston Meadstead Royston S John Baptist CE Sandhill Shawlands Springvale St Dominic’s St Helen’s St John the Baptist CE Infant St John the Baptist CE Junior St Mary’s CE St Michael and All Angels Catholic Tankersley St Peter’s The Ellis CE The Hill Thurgoland Ward Green Wellgate West Meadows Wilthorpe Infant Wombwell Park Street Worsbrough Bank End Worsbrough Common

Secondary Carlton Community College Darfield Foulstone Darton College Kirk Balk Community College Shafton ALC (both sites) The Dearne ALC

Also Greenacre, Royston Meadstead and Wilthorpe Children's Centres will close.

The council says other schools may also be closed and says parents should double check with the schools.