College students who depend on Southern Rail trains to get to varsity have advised Newsbeat strikes on the community go away lessons “half empty”.

Six day-long stoppages are taking place this month in a row over who ought to function practice doorways.

It is the most recent in a collection of strikes which have been happening for a 12 months.

One senior trainer’s advised Newsbeat there are actually considerations “throughout the area” about pupils finishing programs on time.

‘It does not make something simpler’

Becky and Bailey, who’re each 17, go to varsity in Chichester.

“Throughout strike days it is actually not attainable to get there in any respect so I’ve to depend on lifts from different individuals,” says Becky.

“Clearly you are pressured due to exams and stuff, however you are additionally pressured about how you are going to get residence and it does not make something simpler in any respect.

“On strike days I’ve to go away half an hour early to get the practice, in any other case I am unable to get residence. So I’ve misplaced 4 hours simply from that one lesson alone.”

However even when she does get in, she says lessons are nonetheless disrupted.

Becky and Bailey

Picture caption Becky and Bailey

“It has fairly a huge impact as a result of clearly lots of people within the class cannot get to the lesson, so the trainer does not educate what they had been planning to show and we do not cowl the correct quantity of stuff.”

“A stage programs are fairly tight anyway,” Bailey provides. “You are usually trying to end the course one or two weeks earlier than the exams, so each time half the category is lacking due to trains, it actually places on strain for revision time on the finish of the 12 months.”

However he additionally thinks the strikes have a deeper influence.

“It makes you much less motivated since you spend loads of time travelling to get residence, loads of time entering into faculty, and whenever you get again you are worn out.”


Callum Macleod goes to varsity 60 miles away in Hastings, however says he has the identical issues.

“After I flip up and discover half the category is not in, it actually places strain on me.

There are considerations throughout the area when it comes to having the ability to full programs

Jim Sharpe

Vice Precept

“If there is no manner for A-level college students to get into faculty on time for exams then it might doubtlessly break their future profession and set them again a 12 months, which is unacceptable.”

Different college students from throughout the south have been shared comparable tales of frustration.

“We’re seeing a very massive influence on not solely attendance but additionally pupil welfare when it comes to tiredness and their means to manage,” says Jim Sharpe.

He is the vice precept at Sussex Coast School in Hastings.

“There are considerations throughout the area when it comes to having the ability to full programs and canopy all the pieces that must be coated.”

His faculty has began placing on substitute busses to assist college students get in.

Sussex Coast College

“Bluntly, the fee to the school is round £500 a day. So, up to now, the fee is approaching £10,000.

“We have to defend the cash we might be spending on college students when it comes to sources however ultimately that is going to have a critical influence on faculty funds.

“The most important concern for all of us is that the expenditure on the coaches will imply we will not do issues for college kids, and it is finally going to influence on the standard of their training.”

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