The Burston Strike School

‘The Burston Rebellion was a revolt born in the fields, and fought by those that toiled in them.

On April 1st 1914 teachers Tom and Annie Higdon were dismissed from their posts in the rural village of Burston, Norfolk and with it began the ‘longest strike in history’. On that day the children marched around the village with cards hanging from their necks demanding that “We Want Our Teachers Back”.

The banner at the head of the march was inscribed with just one word “Justice”. Sixty-six of the local children had gone out on strike in support of their teachers, and the boycott of the local authority school lasted for the next twenty five years.

THE BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL 1914 Strike Day 5The Burston Strike School stands as a living monument to working class education and the struggle against rural tyranny – a true free school of the community.’

The latest Burston Strike School news

Below is the five of our latest news items, please see our news page for more.

The Village in Revolt – New Book Out Now
21 Aug 06:48 pm

With the annual Strike School rally fast approaching, there couldn’t be a better time to highlight a...

Coach from Peterborough and Wisbech to Burston Rally
21 Aug 06:02 pm

COACH TO BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL RALLY Sunday 2 September 2018 Unite is organising coach travel to the...

Rally 2018 – Transport ‘Coach News’
8 Aug 06:33 pm

This year’s Burston School Strike Rally – the best day out in the East Anglian activist’s calendar...

Professor Alun Howkins
29 Jul 06:53 pm

Some sad news for all those connected with the Strike School, but respected academic and Strike School...

The Village in Revolt – New Burston Book
8 Jun 09:54 pm

The Burston School Strike is not just one of Norfolk’s most famous ‘people revolts’ but it sits...