Eight schools were set to close on Thursday as part of a one-day national teachers’ strike affecting millions of children.
Five primary schools and three secondary schools in the area say they were unable to open at all due to low staffing levels caused by a 24-hour walkout by two teaching unions.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) are protesting over proposed changes to their pensions which will mean working longer, paying more and receiving less when they retire. But the government says that changes are necessary.
Job centres and courts were also expected to be hit as public sector workers across the UK staged a 24-hour strike.
The following schools confirmed they would be closed on Thursday: Mount Carmel Roman Catholic School, Peel Park Primary School, St Mary Magdalen’s Church of England Primary School, Oswaldtwistle Moor End Community Primary School, Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Norden High School and Sports College, St Charles¿RC Primary, Rishton and St Wulstan’s in Great Harwood.
Lancashire County Coun Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said the county was doing everything possible to support schools.
She said: "The county council will, of course, offer support and advice about matters such as risk assessments and teacher-pupil ratios, but these are routine issues for schools and it will be for headteachers to make their own decisions based on staffing numbers."
Some schools were partially opening with some year groups attending and others being told to stay at home.
But Lancashire ATL branch secretary Jim Howarth said the unions were not only trying to protect members but preserve the calibre of education.
He said: "We’re aware this will cause inconvenience to parents and we’re sorry about that.
"But the government is proposing to make significant changes to our pensions with very little consultation. It seems a decision has already been made." He said the move would mean older teachers unable to cope with the demands of a classroom and fewer talented teachers joining the profession.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has described the strikes as ‘premature’ and warned they could damage the reputation of teachers.
The following schools were partially closing: Oswaldtwistle West End Primary School, Green Haworth Church of England Primary School, Hyndburn Park Primary School, Woodnook Primary School, Great Harwood Primary School and Knuzden St Oswald’s Church of England Primary School, Spring Hill Primary in Accrington, St Bartholomew’s in Great Harwood and Sacred Heart RC Primary in Church.