More than 280 Norfolk schools have announced they are to be shut today following the fresh snow that fell across the county overnight.

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See below for the list of closed schools.

This list will be updated throughout the morning.

Acle Academy (NR13 3ER) - Heavy snow overnight has added to the problems on site and travel for students and staff is dangerous.

Admirals Academy (IP24 2JT) - Sorry this is due to the very difficult driving conditions.

Alburgh With Denton CE VC Primary School (IP20 0BW) - Heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions

Alderman Peel High School (NR23 1RB) - Exams this afternoon will go ahead as arranged

Angel Road Infant School (NR3 3HR) - Apologies for late decision. Thorough risk assessment shows school unsafe and is closed

Angel Road Junior School (NR3 3HS) - Apologies for late decision. Thorough risk assessment shows school unsafe and is closed

Anthony Curton CE VA Primary School (PE14 7NG) - Unable to safely bring in teaching staff, due to adverse weather conditions

Antingham & Southrepps Community Primary School (NR11 8UG) - Apologies, but the roads are too risky for staff, parents and children to make the journey

Archbishop Sancroft CE High School (IP20 9DD) - The school bus companies report treacherous driving conditions and the site is not safe for students and staff.

Arden Grove Infant & Nursery School (NR6 6QA) - School, nursery and pre-school is closed due to adverse weather conditions making it unsafe for pupils and staff to travel. Apologies for any disruption.

Ashill VC Primary School (IP25 7AP) - Staff have attempted to get in to work, but journeys are too dangerous and therefore we will be closed today.

Ashleigh Infant School & Nursery (NR18 0HL) -

Ashwicken CE Primary School (PE32 1LY) - closed due to adverse conditions and difficulty of staff getting in.

Aslacton Primary School (NR15 2JH) - Conditions very poor. Trip to London on Tuesday postponed but school hopefully open.

Astley Primary School (NR24 2HH) - School closed due to adverse weather and dangerous driving conditions. Many staff live distance from school.

Attleborough High School (NR17 2AJ) - Regrettably we are having to close due to unsafe site and travelling conditions. School busses cannot run safely. Examinations will go ahead as planned.

Avenue Junior School (NR2 3HP) - School is open but due to very difficult travel conditions a number of teachers are unable to make it into school. If you are able please keep children at home but we will be able to look after children if you need to work.

Aylsham High School (NR11 6AN) - Closed due to hazardous travel conditions for students and staff. The Geography exam will take place as normal this afternoon at 1pm. Please take care making your way in for the exam.

Barnham Broom CE VA Primary School (NR9 4BU) - Sorry school closed again due to dangerous conditions for staff and families to travel. Worse for many than last week! Buses cancelled and back roads treacherous. We tried!

Bawdeswell Community Primary School (NR20 4RR) - Regretfully, due to caretaker being unable to access the site to determine a risk assessment, the school will be closed today. The head is also stuck but trying to travel so cannot assess before school starts - very sorry.

Bignold Primary School (NR2 2SP) - Nursery closed. Busy Bees closed. R-6 open but only if safe to travel.

Blakeney CE VA Primary School (NR25 7NJ) - Due to heavy snow overnight and not hot dinners.

Blofield Primary School (NR13 4RH) - due to site and road conditions

Bradwell Homefield CE VC Primary School (NR31 8NS) - School closed today. Very deep snow has fallen on top of icy conditions. School site unsafe.

Bradwell Woodlands Primary School (NR31 8QQ) - School closed today due to not enough staff being able to get into school, we are unable to guarantee the safety of pupils.

Brancaster CE VA Primary School (PE31 8AB) - managed to stay open all last week but defeated today. Very thick snow. Even main road dangerous. Snow still falling. Hope to open tomorrow.

Broadland High School (NR12 8QN) - Site unsafe and staff unable to get in due to overnight snow fall. Drama students please check website later today.

Brockdish CE VC Primary School (IP21 4JP) - Sorry, closed due to additional snow.

Brooke VC CE Primary School (NR15 1HP) - Really sorry to close again today. Risk assessment of staff travelling from distances across county make it unsafe for journeying.

Bunwell Primary School (NR16 1SN) - Recent weather is making travel routes into school dangerous for staff. We will make every effort to open tomorrow as routes should be clearer.

Bure Valley School (NR11 6JZ) -

Burnham Market Primary School (PE31 8JA) - Due to overnight snow and dangerous on site conditions, closed 21st January.

Burston Community Primary School (IP22 5TZ) - Unfortunately the weather has beaten us again.

Buxton Primary School (NR10 5EZ) - so sorry but hazardous travel conditions for all and dangerous school site force the decision to close.

Caister High School (NR30 5LS) - Closed due to adverse weather conditions.

Caister Infant School (NR30 5ET) - School will unfortunately be closed today due to adverse conditions making the roads unsafe for travel and the school site dangerous. The Children’s Centre will also be closed.

Caister Junior School (NR30 5ET) - School is closed due to unsafe conditions for pupils, parents and staff

Cantley Primary School (NR13 3SA) - Adverse weather conditions

Carleton Rode CE VA Primary School (NR16 1RW) - Heavy snow overnight has made travelling conditions dangerous for children and staff.

Caston CE VA Primary School (NR17 1DD) - sorry for the inconvenience -will try and open tomorrow. Keep cheching this site.

Catfield CE VC Primary School (NR29 5DA) - closed today but hope to be open tomorrow

Catton Grove Primary School (NR3 3TP) - Accumulation of snow overnight and further snow forecast during the day.

Cecil Gowing Infant School (NR7 8NZ) - Due to dangerous travelling conditions and more snow forecast, school, SOS club and Once Upon a Time nursery on site will be closed today.

Chapel Break Infant School (NR5 9LU) - School will OPEN at 10.00am today as will Chapel Break preschool.

Chapel Road School (NR17 2DS) - Regrettable school closed to pupils due to continuing adverse weather conditions making travel very unsafe for our vulnerable pupils. School open to staff after own risk assessment and in their own time, staff meeting approx.10am

Churchill Park School (PE30 4RP) -

City of Norwich School (NR4 6PP) - CNS closed today. Public examinations continue at the school

Clackclose Community Primary School (PE38 9PF) - Hazardous traveling conditions and unsafe site. Teaching staff take PPA time today please.

Cliff Park Community Junior School (NR31 6SZ) - School is closed today due to the adverse weather and difficult travel conditions.

Cliff Park High School (NR31 6TA) - Unfortunately the school will be closed today due to significantly worse conditions on site and for travel. Geography exam WILL TAKE PLACE pupils need to arrive at school by 1pm.

Cliff Park Infant School (NR31 6SZ) -

Clover Hill Infant School & Nursery (NR5 9AP) - Clover Hill and St Michaels are OPEN today but lessons will start at 10am. No morning nursery. Sorry for disruption.

Cobholm Primary School (NR31 0BA) - Due to adverse weather conditions difficulty travelling.

Colby Primary School (NR11 7EA) - Very sorry to have to close again, staff can’t get in. Keep warm and safe.

Colkirk CE VA Primary School (NR21 7NW) - school closed due to dangerous road and weather conditions

Colman Infant School (NR4 7AW) - Open at 10.30am to allow time for safer travel.

Colman Junior School (NR4 7AU) - Open at 10.30 to allow time for safer travel.

Coltishall Primary School (NR12 7HA) - Due to dangerous travelling conditions for parents and staff.

Corpusty Primary School (NR11 6QG) - School will open at 10am. Please bring a packed lunch in case of no hot dinners.

Costessey Infant School (NR5 0HG) - The school will open at 10.30am to allow time for staff and pupils to get into school safely. Please watch this website for further updates.

Costessey Junior School (academy) (NR5 0RR) - School will open at 10.30am to allow time for staff and pupils to get into school safely. Please watch this website for further updates.

Denver CE VC Primary School (PE38 0DP) - Conditions across the region make it very difficult for staff to travel safely today.

Dereham CE VA Infant School & Nursery (NR19 1ED) - School will open to children at 10am

Dereham St. Nicholas Junior School (NR19 1BJ) - School closed to Year 4 as boiler for that block has broken dowm. Other years in school as normal

Diamond Academy (IP24 3DP) - Roads too dangerous for staff to travel and paths on estate and school site too dangerous for pupils. Hopefully re-open tomorrow.

Diss CE VC Junior School (IP22 4NT) - adverse weather conditions should open tomorrow

Diss High School (Academy) (IP22 4DH) - School Bus companies advise travel is risky.Adverse conditions mean school site is also unsafe. Exams will still go ahead. Candidates should try to attend if possible.

Diss Infants & Nursery School (IP22 4PU) - adverse weather conditions, hopefully will open tomorrow

Ditchingham CE VC Primary School (NR35 2RE) - with apologies we are closed today

Downham Market High School (PE38 9LL) - Due to unsafe travelling conditions and condition of school site. Sixth form students should attend exams as normal.

Duchy Of Lancaster CE Primary School (IP26 4PP) - School closed Monday due to boiler failure. Will advise about tomorrow.

Dussindale Primary School (NR7 0US) - Closed due to weather conditions, however we can offer childcare to parents who work in essential services. (EG. NHS)

Earsham CE VA Primary School (NR35 2TF) - Member of staff that clears the grounds, making them safe for pupils and staff is unable to get to school due to severe weather conditions.

East Harling Primary School & Nursery (NR16 2NQ) - School opening at 10am to allow time for sufficient staff to get into school.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College (NR31 7BQ) - open for examinations

East Ruston Area Community Infant School (NR12 9JD) - Pre-school is also closed

Eastgate Primary School (PE30 1QA) - concerns about staff travelling to school and school site

Eaton Hall School (NR4 7BU) - Due to adverse weather conditions, School is closed to pupils but will be open to staff

Eccles, Hargham & Wilby CE VA Primary School (NR16 2PF) - Heavy snow overnight has made travel conditions dangerous for children and staff.

Edward Worlledge Community Junior School (NR31 0ER) - Weather conditions causing difficulties for staff travel school site dangerous

Ellingham CE VC Primary School (NR35 2PZ) - Many apologies. Hopefully we’ll open Tuesday.

Erpingham VC Primary School (NR11 7QY) - Staff are travelling to the school. We will open at 10.30 if possible. Please ring 01263 761365 or 761246 after 9.30 am for confirmation.

Fairhaven CE VA Primary School (NR13 6DZ) -

Fairstead Community Primary & Nursery School (PE30 4RR) - Concerns for safety on site and staffing coverage

Fakenham High School & College (NR21 9QT) - Dangerous site conditions

Fakenham Infant & Nursery School (NR21 8HN) - Fakenham Gateway Children’s Centre will also be closed.

Fakenham Junior School (NR21 8BN) - Continuing weather conditions problems on the roads

Falcon Junior School (NR7 8NT) -

Filby Primary School (NR29 3HJ) - Site is covered in snow and ice. Roads unsafe for staff travel. Stepping Stones also closed today.

Firside Junior School (NR6 5NF) - We are sorry to have to close again due to the adverse weather conditions.

Flegg High School (academy) (NR29 4QD) - Closed due to heavy snowfall overnight making site and travel hazardous for students and staff. Geog exam will go ahead for those who can attend, check website for details.

Flitcham CE VA Primary School (PE31 6BU) - Staff unable to get to school due to weather conditions.

Forncett St. Peter CE VA Primary School (NR16 1LT) - Heavy snowfall on ice is making all staff and family travel routes into school dangerous today. We will make every effort to open tomorrow as roads should be clearer by then.

Foulsham Primary School (NR20 5RT) - We are closed today, unfortunately we are not able to get enough staff to school to open.

Fred Nicholson School (NR19 1JB) - School closed - open to staff who can get in safely

Freethorpe Community Primary School (NR13 3NZ) - Due to heavy overnight snow and treacherous road conditions. Aim to be open tomorrow.

Garboldisham CE VC Primary School (IP22 2SE) - Due to unsafe conditions on the roads. Hope to open tomorrow.

Gillingham St Michael’s CE Primary School (NR34 0HT) - We are extremely sorry to close today but heavy snowfall has meant access to the school is very hazardous.

Glebeland Community Primary School (NR34 0EW) - School bus not running, as the roads are too dangerous. Obviously, if too dangerous for the bus, the roads are also not safe to travel on for pupils and staff in cars. School therefore closed again today, for safety reasons.

Gooderstone CE VA Primary School (PE33 9BP) - Due travel conditions for staff and pupils.

Great Dunham Primary School (PE32 2LQ) - Closed due to the bad weather conditions

Great Ellingham Primary School (NR17 1HX) - Very sorry but overnight snow making travel and conditions too dangerous. Hope to open tomorrow.

Great Witchingham CE VA Primary School (NR9 5SD) - School will open at 10.30 today to allow staff and pupils time to travel in safely. We will update you by text if this changes.

Great Yarmouth VA High School (NR30 4LS) - School closed but catering exam will run as planned. Expect to be open Tuesday

Greyfriars Primary School (PE30 5PY) - Staff travel problems

Grove House Nursery & Infant School (NR19 1BJ) - Opening at 10.00m.Only travel if safe to do so.

Hall School (NR6 7AD) - Closure due to adverse weather conditions making it unsafe for Complex Needs pupils to travel. Staff will attempt to prepare the site for a safe return on Tuesday.

Happisburgh Ce Va Primary School (NR12 0AB) - Adverse weather conditions.Hoppers is closed too.

Hapton CE VC Primary School (NR15 1AD) - URGENT UPDATE: We have just been advised we will have no hot lunches and no transport, and that local driving conditions are extremely hazardous. This forces a reluctant closure. We intend to be open tomorrow.

Harford Manor School (NR2 2LN) - Continuing poor weather has made for treacherous travelling conditions. School is closed Monday 21st

Harleston CE VA Primary School (IP20 9HG) -

Heartsease Primary School (NR7 9UE) - We will open at 10.30 to allow staff to make way into school. Please check this site regularly.

Heather Avenue Infant School (NR6 6LT) - School closed due to adverse weather conditions making it unsafe for pupils and staff to travel. Apologies for any disruption.

Hemblington Primary School (NR13 4QJ) - Continuing dangerous road conditions for all. Very sorry for disruption.

Hempnall Primary School (NR15 2AD) - School closed due to heavy snow fall on top of ice making unsafe conditions for pupils, parents and staff.

Hemsby Primary School (NR29 4LH) - Snow on top of ice on school site and Pit Road. KS1 trip will be rearranged. Nursery closed today too.

Henderson Green Primary School (NR5 8DZ) - No school meals. Staff struggling to get in because of hazardous conditions

Herman Primary School (NR31 7JL) -

Hethersett High School (NR9 3DB) - Transport difficulties for staff and students.

Hethersett VC Junior School (NR9 3DB) - We will open at 10:30 to allow staff to travel in. No breakfast club today.

Hethersett Woodside Infant & Nursery School (NR9 3EQ) - Open at 10.30am to allow staff time to travel safely to school. We apologise but breakfast club will not be open.

Hevingham Primary School (NR10 5NH) - Closed today as staff not able to get into school so unable to cover classes.

Hickling CE VC Infant School (NR12 0XX) - School closed today due to bad weather conditions. Hopefully open tomorrow

Highgate Infant School (PE30 2PS) - Staff dangerous conditions for driving and site

Hilgay Village VC Primary School (PE38 0JL) - Travel conditions forcing closure. Staff finding it impossible to travel safely. Some staff will try to attend.

Hillcrest Primary School (PE38 9ND) - The school is closed due to hazardous conditions.

Hillside Avenue Primary & Nursery School (NR7 0QW) - No heating - major boiler repairs still ongoing

Hillside Primary School (NR31 8PA) - Regret closure again today - adverse weather conditions.

Hindringham CE VC Primary School (NR21 0PL) - Due to weather and road conditions

Hockering CE VC Primary School (NR20 3HN) - School will open at 10.30 today to allow staff time to travel in safely. We will update you by text if this changes.

Hockwold & Methwold Community School (IP26 4PE) - Iceni Academy closed on both sites. A’L exams will go ahead in CB2.

Holt Community Primary School (NR25 6SG) - Heavy snow

Hopton CE VC Primary School (NR31 9BT) - Closed due to adverse weather and difficult travel conditions.

Horning Community Primary School (NR12 8PX) - Adverse weather conditions.

Horsford CE VC Infant School (NR10 3DN) - Very sorry school closed today due to the weather and the making it unsafe for children and staff to travel. Apologies for the disruption.

Horsford CE VC Junior School (NR10 3ES) - Closed again - sorry for the disruption.

Howard Junior School (PE30 4QJ) - Treacherous weather conditions. Many staff live a long way from the school. More updates on our twitter feed.

Hunstanton Infant School (PE36 5HE) -

Ingoldisthorpe CE VA Primary School (PE31 6PE) -

James Bradfield CE VC Community Primary School (PE33 9QJ) - Sorry - Closed because staff cannot get in to school.

John Grant School (NR30 5QW) - Regrettably the school will be shut again today due to the extreme weather conditions

John Of Gaunt Infant & Nursery School (NR11 6JZ) -

Kelling Primary School (NR25 7ED) - Sorry but the road conditions around the school are poor.

King Edward VII School (PE30 2QB) - Concerns of safety on site and staffing coverage. Students involved in exams should attend as normal.

King’s Lynn Academy (PE30 4QG) - Academy is closed today. The site team have been clearing the site but we have many staff unable to make the journey as they live long distances from the academy. A Level Psychology exam goes ahead this morning; please can candidates make their way in.

King’s Park Infant School (NR19 2AG) - Opening at 10.00am. Only travel if safe to do so.

Lakenham Primary School (NR1 2HL) - B/club closed due to staff getting in.School open!

Langham Village School (NR25 7DG) - Very dangerous side roads- too risky for staff and parents.

Langley School (NR14 6BJ) - School closed, although public examinations will run as scheduled. Pupils to check school email accounts for today’s work.

Lingwood Primary & Nursery School (NR13 4NX) - Most staff cannot get into school safely. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Lionwood Infant & Nursery School (NR1 4AN) - Too many staff living in untreated areas. Local staff to make their way to school to clear site if safe.

Litcham School (PE32 2NS) - Closed due to condition of roads around the school and further afield.

Little Plumstead CE VA Primary School (NR13 5EW) - Dangerous conditions caused by overnight snow.

Little Snoring Primary School (NR21 0JN) - School closed due to travelling conditions

Loddon Infant & Nursery School (NR14 6JX) - school will be open from 10am to allow extra time for staff to travel safely. Sorry for continuing disruption.

Long Stratton High School (NR15 2XR) - School Bus companies advise travel is risky. Adverse conditions mean school site is also unsafe. Exams will still go ahead. Candidates should try to attend if possible.

Ludham Primary School And Nursery (NR29 5QN) - Ludham Primary School and Nursery closed due to adverse weather

Lynn Grove High School (Academy) (NR31 8AP) - Closed today due to adverse weather conditions

Magdalen Village School (PE34 3BU) -

Manor Field Infant & Nursery School (NR15 2XR) - Conditions very poor. Will try to open on Tuesday.

Marsham Primary School (NR10 5AE) - Due to unsafe driving conditions and staff not being able to get into school

Marshland High School (PE14 7HA) - School closed except for Geography GCSE exam this afternoon.

Marshland St James Primary School & Nursery (PE14 8EY) - Adverse weather conditions make travel dangerous

Martham Primary & Nursery School Trust (Academy) (NR29 4PR) - Trinity Childrens Centre will also close today

Millfield Primary School (NR28 0ES) - Planning to open at 10.00 to enable clearance of heavy snow from school site and staff to travel in some difficult conditions. No more snow forecast today.

Mundesley Infant School (NR11 8LE) - Snow has made road conditions unsafe to travel. Hope to be open as normal tomorrow.

Mundesley Junior School (NR11 8LE) - Heavy snow and dangerous travelling conditions.

Mundford VC Primary School (IP26 5ED) - Dangerous travel conditions to and from school.

Newton Flotman CE VC Primary School (NR15 1PR) -

Nightingale First School (NR8 6LA) - PLEASE NOTE MAIN SCHOOL OPEN - LITTLE NIGHTINGALES CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

North Denes Junior School (NR30 4HF) - Really sorry but school is closed today - can’t get enough staff in to open safely due to heavy snow across the county.

North Walsham High School (NR28 9HZ) - Snow. Tonight’s Parents’ Forum is cancelled.

Northgate Infants School (NR30 1BP) - Regrettably closing today owing to treacherous conditions.

Norwich Road School (IP24 2HT) - Poor weather conditions for staff to travel in.

Notre Dame High School (Academy) (NR1 3PB) - Further snow fall on site and continued transport difficulties. The exams will go ahead.

Old Buckenham Community Primary School (NR17 1RH) - Site unsafe despite efforts to clear. Travelling conditions difficult for staff and pupils. Apologies for inconvenience caused.

Old Buckenham High School (NR17 1RL) - We are very sorry but poor road conditions mean is not safe enough for student and staff travel.

Open Academy (NR7 9DL) - Closed due to hazardous weather conditions. Exams will go ahead as planned.

Ormesby Village Infant School (NR29 3RY) - Very poor weather conditions locally and further afield. Some teaching staff not able to get to school safely.

Ormesby Village Junior School (NR29 3LA) - Really sorry but school closed due to heavy snow across the county. Can’t get enough staff in to open safely.

Ormiston Victory Academy (NR5 0PX) - We will be open from 11am today for all students. Exams will run as normal. This decision is made in light of adverse weather conditions

Overstrand The Belfry CE VA Primary School (NR27 0NT) - Really sorry! Heavy snowfall on ice is making all routes into school dangerous today for families, pupils and staff. We will make every effort to open tomorrow as roads should be clearer by then!

Peterhouse Primary School (NR31 7BY) - School closed due to majority of teaching staff being unable to get to school due to weather conditions.

Preston CE VC Primary School (NR15 1NU) -

Pulham CE Primary School (IP21 4SZ) - Hazardous road conditions for travelling.

Queensway Infant School & Nursery (IP24 3DR) - Too many teachers in areas heavily affected by snow and bad road conditions. Hope to be open tomorrow.

Raleigh Infant School & Nursery (IP24 2JT) - Roads and paths on Admirals Estate dangerous for pedestrians and drivers.

Recreation Road Infant School (NR2 3PA) -

Redgate Junior School (PE36 5DY) - Collingwood Rd very difficult

Reedham Primary School (NR13 3TJ) - due to adverse weather conditions

Reepham High School & College (Academy) (NR10 4JT) - Bus companies report conditions too dangerous to travel in most of the catchment area. A Level exams will go ahead. Sixth form interviews will be rearranged.

Reepham Primary School (NR10 4JP) - Apologies, we were hoping to open but site is still not safe and some staff are stuck coming from a distance where snow has been heavy overnight. Staff who can come in to do so if safe but CLOSED to pupils.

Rockland St. Mary Primary School (NR14 7EU) - is closed today due to further snow making travel for pupils and staff unsafe travelling to and from school on snow and icy roads.

Rocklands Community Primary School (NR17 1TP) - Very sorry but overnight snow making conditions too difficult. Children please look at school website. Hope to open tomorrow.

Rollesby Primary School (NR29 5EH) - Regrettably, school closed due to road conditions making it too dangerous for staff and pupils to travel. Hopefully open tomorrow.

Roydon Primary School (IP22 5QU) -

Rudham CE VC Primary School (PE31 8RF) - Dangerous conditions apporaching the school and on site. Staff and children’s safety more important than opening.

Saxlingham Nethergate CE VC Primary School (NR15 1TD) - Travel conditions dangerous for staff and families.

Sculthorpe CE VA Primary School (NR21 9NQ) - I have just driven to Sculthorpe, 4-6 inches of lying snow on roads and paths. Still snowing now. Too dangerous to ask staff, pupils or parents to travel to/from school today.

Sedgeford Primary School (PE36 5NQ) - School closed due to dangerous conditions on school hill.

Seething & Mundham Primary School (NR15 1DL) - Very sorry to close at the last minute but we tried very hard to open and will try again tomorrow.

Sewell Park College (NR3 4BX) - SPC will be OPEN from 10.30 (to allow staff to travel in safely). EXAMS this morning will start at the normal time. All other students should be on site by 10.30

Shelton With Hardwick Community School (NR15 2SD) - Sorry but we will be closed again today.More snow and ice continue to make it very dangerous for pupils and staff on site and when travelling.

Sheringham High School (Academy) (NR26 8ND) - School remains closed due to snow & ice and very poor travel conditions preventing many staff from getting to school. OPEN FOR EXAMS

Sheringham Woodfields School (NR26 8ND) - Sheringham Woodfields School is closed due to adverse weather and dangerous driving conditions

Sidestrand Hall School (NR27 0NH) - really sorry to close but weather conditions are too dangerous for pupils and staff to travel.

Southery Primary School (PE38 0PA) - Sorry. School closed as teachers are unable to get to school safely this morning.

Southtown Infant School (NR31 0HJ) - School closing at 12 midday as we cannot provide school dinners. Open this morning.

Sparhawk Infant School & Nursery (NR7 8BU) -

Spooner Row Primary School (NR18 9JR) - Many apologies. Roads unsafe for staff and pupils. Really hope to be open tomorrow.

Springwood High School (Academy) (PE30 4AW) - School closed due to adverse weather. The school is open for public examinations. Students with external exams today should come to school if they are able to.

Sprowston Community High School (NR7 8NE) - Heavy snow overnight has resulted in the site being unsafe. Year 10 Parents’ Evening will now take place 28 January.

Sprowston Infant School (NR7 8EW) - Sprowston pavilion nursery is also closed. Insufficient staff able to get in.

St. Andrew’s CE VC Primary School (PE37 8DA) - North Pickenham – very sorry school closed today due to adverse weather and dangerous driving conditions across the county. We cannot get enough staff in to open safely.

St. Andrew’s Lopham CE VA Primary School (IP22 2LR) - Unfortunately St. Andrew’s site is shut due to teaching staff not being able to safely drive in. Local staff and pupils (if parents wish) will be welcome to attend All Saints site!

St. Clement’s High School (PE34 4LZ) - School OPEN to KS4 only (Year 10 and Year 11 students) but closed to KS3 (Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students). All staff to come in to school if they can travel safely. Harrods coach will not be running.

St. Edmund’s Community Foundation School (PE30 2HU) - School closed due to dangerous travel conditions

St. Faiths CE VC Primary School (NR10 3LF) - Difficult travelling conditions for pupils and staff. Unable to guarantee sufficient staffing. No school lunches.

St. George’s Infant & Nursery School (NR30 3BQ) - snow - we are aiming to open Tuesday providing road conditions improve and buses are running.

St. German’s Primary School (PE34 3DZ) -

St. John’s Community Primary School & Nursery (NR12 8NX) - School will unfortunately be closed today due to adverse conditions making the roads unsafe for travel and the school site dangerous. We will be working on the school site today and hope to be open tomorrow.

St. Martin At Shouldham CE VA Primary School (PE33 0BU) - School closed due to bad weather and poor travel conditions.

St. Mary’s CE Junior School (Academy) (NR15 2UY) - Problems with heating- hopefully mended by Tuesday. Please keep looking at the Norfolk schools website.

St. Mary’s Community Primary School (NR20 4BW) - We do apologise for the disruption, but due to the number of staff who live a distance from school, and overnight snowfall and hazardous driving conditions, we are closing again today. We do expectto be open tomorrow. Please do bear with us.

St. Mary’s Endowed VA CE Primary School (NR11 8AF) - Sorry to close due to dangerous driving conditions.

St. Mary’s RC VA Primary & Nursery School (NR31 6QY) - School will unfortunately be closed today due to adverse conditions making the roads unsafe for travel to and from school and the school site is not safe.

St. Michael’s CE VA Junior School (NR5 9LA) - St Michael’s Junior and clover Hill infant and Nursery are OPEN but lessons will start at 10.00am and close at normal time

St. Michael’s CE VC Nursery & Infant School (NR11 6EX) - Conditions as bad as ever. With regrets.

St. Peter & St. Paul CE VC Primary School (IP25 6SW) - School closed due to hazardous road and access conditions.

St. Peter’s CE VC Primary School (NR9 5AD) - School will open today at 10.30 to allow staff time to travel safely into school. We will update you by text should this change.

St. William’s Primary School (NR7 0AJ) - school open from 10.a.m. This will allow us to clear enough of the site to provide access.

Stalham Community Infant School (NR12 9DG) - Due to weather conditions

Stalham High School (NR12 9DG) - Heavy snow on the site and poor travelling conditions for students and staff. Exam. will be rearranged - check website please. Apologies to all for the inconvenience.

Stalham Junior School (NR12 9PS) -

Stibbard All Saints CE VA Primary School (NR21 0LT) - dangerous snow and ice on the local roads and on the school site.

Stoke Holy Cross Primary School (NR14 8LY) - Roads outside school very unsafe

Suffield Park Infant & Nursery School (NR27 0AD) - Adverse weather conditions - unable to get staff safely to school. Apologies for the disruption.

Surlingham Community Primary School (NR14 7DQ) - is closed today due to further snow making travel for pupils and staff unsafe travelling to and from school on snow and icy roads.

Sutton CE VC Infant School (NR12 9QP) - School closed today but hope to open tomorrow

Swaffham CE VC Infant School (PE37 7RF) - Dangerous conditions. Hope to be open tomorrow.

Swanton Abbott Community Primary School (NR10 5DZ) - Really sorry but I’m worried about children, parents and staff travelling today, even if they are local.

Ten Mile Bank Community Primary School (PE38 0EP) - School closed due to unsafe site and road conditions.

The Bawburgh School (NR9 3LR) - Icy and snow make access to the village hazardous.

The Brooklands Short Stay School For Norfolk (NR31 7BP) -

The Clare School (NR4 7AU) - School continues to be closed due to adverse conditions.

The Douglas Bader Short Stay School For Norfolk (NR10 5JW) - Snow

The Hewett School (NR1 2PL) - Additional snow overnight has made travel and site conditions dangerous.

The Locksley Short Stay School For Norfolk (NR4 6LG) -

The Parkside School (NR2 3JA) - Regrettably due to weather and road conditions the school will be closed to pupils. The school will be open to those staff who can safely travel.

The Rosebery Short Stay School For Norfolk (PE30 4AY) - compact snow and ice

Thetford Academy (IP24 3LH) - Sites are not safe for the students and staff are experiencing difficulties driving to work however exams will take place today as planned.

Thomas Bullock CE VA Primary School (IP25 7LF) - Worsening conditions in school grounds and surrounding paths added to significant travel difficulties for many staff.

Thompson Primary School (IP24 1PY) - Unsafe site and poor driving conditions - hopefully school will open as usual tomorrow.

Thorpe House Langley Prep School (NR7 0EA) - School and Nursery closed though some limited childminding available 8.30am > 3.30pm. Work set on school website.

Thurlton Primary School (NR14 6RN) - Overnight snow and fog, creating dangerous conditions for travel today.

Thurton CE VC Primary School (NR14 6AT) - Conditions very poor. Will try to open on Tuesday.

Tilney All Saints CE VC Primary School (PE34 4RP) - Unable to provide adequate teaching staff cover due to sickness and adverse weather conditions.

Tivetshall Primary School (NR15 2BP) - Unfortunately the weather has beaten us again.

Tuckswood Community Primary School & Nursery (NR4 6BP) - because of pupil, parent and staff safety together with burst pipes in the Nursery, regret closure today.

Tunstead Primary School (NR12 8AH) - Due to dangerous travelling conditions

Upwell Community Primary School (PE14 9EW) - Some staff unable to get to school due to the weather and travel conditions where they live

Venture Academy (NR31 7JJ) - Closed to to hazardous travel conditions for staff and for student busses.

Walpole Cross Keys Primary School (PE34 4HD) - Closed due to poor road and weather conditions

Walsingham Community Primary School (NR22 6DU) - school closed due to dangerous weather and travel conditions

Watlington Community School (PE33 0HU) - School closed due to adverse weather and driving conditions for staff. Staff please take PPA at home today

Watton Junior School (IP25 6AL) - Unfortunately the school is closed again today due to the overnight snowfall, and consequent concerns over pupil and staff safety.

Watton Westfield Infant & Nursery School (IP25 6AU) - Westfield Infants and the Children’s Centreare closed today because the staff living further afield cannot make the journey safely. Sincere apologies.

Wayland Academy (IP25 6BA) - Heavy snow on site and conditions in more rural areas have caused us to close. We will be open tomorrow.

Weasenham VC Primary School (PE32 2SP) - Dangerous conditions approaching the school and on site. Staff and children’s safety more important than opening.

Weeting VC Primary School (IP27 0QQ) - We are unable to open as the school site is unsafe for children.

Wells-Next-The-Sea Primary & Nursery School (NR23 1JG) - Childrens Centre also closed

West Earlham Infant School (NR5 8HT) - School will open at 10a.m - please watch this site for updates.

West Earlham Junior School (NR5 8HT) - The school will open at 10am to allow time for safe travel. Please watch this website for further updates.

West Raynham CE VC Primary School (NR21 7HH) - I have just driven out to Hempton from Fakenham (via Sculthorpe) roads and pathways are covered in 4 - 6 inches of snow making travel dangerous. As a result school will be closed today.

Whitefriars CE VA Primary School (PE30 5AH) - The site is unsafe so we are closed today.Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Wicklewood Primary School (NR18 9QJ) - Very hazardous access to the school as well as dangerous conditions on site. School will be open for all staff, including TAs who can get here safely for work in school

William Marshall VC Primary School (PE14 9RB) - Hazardous travelling conditions for children and staff

Wimbotsham & Stow Community School (PE34 3QH) - Unsafe conditions for staff travel.

Winterton Primary School (NR29 4AP) - No school dinners and very hazardous travelling conditions for staff mean that regrettably the school is closed today. Every effort will be made to open tomorrow.

Woodton Primary School (NR35 2LL) - Many apologies. Hope to open on Tuesday.

Wreningham VC Primary School (NR16 1AW) - Due to poor weather and site conditions

Wroughton Infant School (NR31 8AH) -

Wroughton Junior School (NR31 8BD) -

Wymondham High Academy (NR18 0QT) - Bus companies report travel conditions too dangerous to travel. Examinations will continue as planned and candidates should try to attend. Local staff able to attend should support the exam.

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  • We've had video conferencing for over 10 years and given that Skype and FaceTime have come along since, if it is possible to login remotely to do a day's work from home, not forgetting the fact that pupils have VLE logins on their school's website, I'd happily have online communication with my child's teacher if it meant that all schools addressed the issue of what happens to education if the event of inclement weather. @ingo wagenknecht Parents can opt to receive information on school closures via SMS, but this carries a charge of, I believe, £1 per text message.

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • AE- in my opinion your child's school shouldn't have opened today. We closed because it WAS as bad if not worse than last week when we closed. If it was bad enough then, it's bad enough now, regardless of how much school the kids miss. We waited until the final hour to make the decision today, taking everything into account. Well done for getting to work on time yourself, but travelling into school was not the issue for me, as I made the journey! Several teachers were completely snowed in however(even after trying to dig their cars out) and could not have walked as they live 15-20 miles away. By the way, closing schools is never a decision taken lightly, nor is it a decision taken so that staff can take a day off, it is a decision made in the best interests of the children's safety. I believe that also makes us different to other establishments.

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Cyril. What about the companies who's staff live away, but are expected to turn up come "hell or high water" ?.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Well morello maybe the staff of Heartsease Primary all live locally and the staff of the Academy all live far away. If so then I expect it will be the same every time it snows.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Teacher, you missed my point. Today all children and teachers arrived safely at school and I expect they will return safely. The same would have been true last week. As for the teachers who were "completely snowed in", I simply don't believe it. Even if their cars were unmoveable, would they really need to walk 15-20 miles? Or could they have walked say 50 feet, 100 feet, even a mile to where a taxi or friend could have picked them up? Isn’t simple problem-solving an inherent element of key school subjects these days? Your opening line is interesting. You have made a judgement based on the subjective opinion of one individual who you don't even share views with. You presumably don't know the details of the school in question, the location, the teachers' homeplaces, the road conditions, the proximity of the majority of pupils etc. yet you declare that the school should have been closed today. Interesting.

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    AE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • This is a roll-call of shame. A school is the corner stone of a community. Pupils and staff should all be within easy walking distance. See how the freedom that cars have given us is false and illusory. If the snow and ice lasts for three weeks then what does that mean for pupils education and parents who stay off work to be with them?

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    oldowl

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • @ Teacher. The arguments for and against school closures, when we get a drop of snow are so predictable, because we go through the same exercise year after year after year. Each year when the weather clears the County Council promises an investigation so that, “lessons can be learnt.” But here we are again. Schools are closed, teachers talk about not being able to get to work. (Call me a cynic but they seem to be the only group of workers who can`t.) If progress can`t be made in resolving this issue, which is obviously having a detrimental effect on the education of our children, then maybe it is time for schools to insist that their teachers live close enough so that they can walk to school. Schools have a catchment area for their pupils so why not have the same catchment area for their teachers

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    BG

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The best way to find out about the school closures is to download the pushPING! mobile app. Its free and you get notified about school closures as they happen.

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    pushPING!

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I should think, providing sites are clear enough of snow and ice, if problems with understaffing continue we will be encouraged to walk to nearest school and muck in there.

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • There are lots of cons to closing the school, including the fact that Ofsted can also get peeved off at schools closing. It's a big decision for schools to close and one that can ONLY take the children's needs into consideration. As I said, if the weather was to continue (I think we're over the worst now) then the contingency plan would be to walk to nearest school and get on with the job as best as we can.

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I agree that some teachers did try very hard. However, where is the contingency plan for inclement weather? Students shouldn't miss out on valuable days of education (especially when they are penalised if taken out during 'term' time for 'affordable' family holidays. As said in previous comments, other proffessionals manage to get to work. For example what would people (especially those in rural communities) do without distric nurses going to their homes to administer vital medication?. They have to travel through some very difficult routes, and dangerous roads - but they get to their patients, look after them and then manage to get home safetly at the end of the day! The emergency services are available. My milk was delivered at 5:30am this morning, yet the local school less than 12 mile away was closed - bizarely though a very rural school 2 miles away was open, along with some other local schools - and all colleges and the university being open (Teachers have to travel to get to them!) Others schools opened at 10am to allow time for teachers to get to site!!. Our bin was also emptied at 9:30am - 30 mins earlier than normal! With all this 'normal' activity happening, why couldn't more schools open - or at least have a 'contingency plan' and perhaps open up later, or share resources with other schools and teachers, to enable pupils to have their entitlement to education.??

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    TD

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Sorry, but I'm with V on this one. I seem to remember some years ago walking (yes, on 2 feet!!) 4 miles between my house and Hellesdon High school to get to school on time. I prepped by leaving early and taking a change of clothes with me! Teacher, oddly I managed to drive approx 15 miles last night around 8 pm through the countryside to get back home, before the roads were gritted to ensure I was able to attend work today, driving sensibly and without any incident. My work isn't closed today...yet I've had to use these unsafe pavements & roads too, where's my day off!! Oh and whilst we're talking about work, last week hospital staff stayed overnight with patients as some couldn't get home, that's dedication, maybe teachers could take some inspiration?!?!

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    NorthCity

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Teacher, you conveniently (the watchword for teachers I expect) missed my point. Today all children and teachers arrived safely at school and I expect they will return safely. The same would have been true last week. As for the teachers who were "completely snowed in", I simply don't believe it. Even if their cars were unmoveable, would they really need to walk 15-20 miles? Or could they have walked say 50 feet, 100 feet, even a mile to where a taxi or friend could have picked them up? Isn’t simple problem-solving an inherent element of key school subjects these days? I don't fully understand your last point "makes us different from other establishments". I think you are referring to the safety of children. I understand that children's safety is important and I understand schools' responsibility in this. However, is it really safer for a child to be driven, possibly a further distance than to the school, to a friend or family member to look after them while the parents go to work as contractually obliged, simply because teachers decide they have a self-justified reason not to meet their contractual obligations? All you are doing in many cases is moving the risk and therefore the responsibility away from the school. That’s actually irresponsible (although understandable). I feel confident in saying that parents have a greater need to ensure their child is safe. Yet very few, if any will have not taken their child to school WHEN THE TEACHERS DECIDED IT IS SAFE, even if they disagreed. I think that is an important point. Your opening line says it all though. You have made a judgement based on the subjective viewpoint of one individual who you don't even share views with. You presumably don't know the details of the school in question, the location, the teachers' homeplaces, the road conditions, the proximity of the majority of pupils etc. yet you declare that the school should have been closed today. Interesting.

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    AE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Parents of a certain age can remember the conditions when we had snow in the winters of 7879. I clearly remember WALKING to school (Lakenham to CNS). where the snow ploughs (yes we had them then) had been it was 3 ft high. The main problem is this sueing culture we now have, should a child get hurt at school playing snowballs its not "kids will be kids" its "how much is that worth"

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    PINKDEADHUNTER

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I can fully understand why the more rural schools closed today; but why schools were closed in the city and in other towns across the county is a bit of mystery. Teachers need to set a better example and make more of an effort to get to work. If other people can get to work what is so special about teachers being given the day off - again! Hospitals and all the other organizations, shops etc that society depend upon are functioning quite normally, what is stopping schools doing the same. I went to school everyday in the bad winter of 1963 and that was far worse than the few inches of snow we have had this time round. Head teachers are really putting up some lame excuses.

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    BG

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I remember the winter of 1978-79. Our school was closed for several days and, as I understand it, so were most of the schools in Norfolk. Nobody wants the schools to close (except the kids) but if staff, who often live a long distance away, can't get in what choice do headteachers have?

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Rather open the school and have say only half the kids turn up, they close the school thus ensuring that their absenteeism levels are not recorded and reflected in the school percentages as when a school shuts, it's a non recordable day. Clever. All in the name of those league tables.

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    wes1975

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • always the same the heartsease primary is open. but the open academy which is the top of the road. is closed, stones throw between them,,,,

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    morello

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Here's what they should be doing to address the ridiculous and unnecessary school closures. 1. Not pay teachers when schools are closed due to snow. They'd soon make an effort to get in. Other people lose wages because they have to stay off with their children when schools are closed. 2. Make up this missing week by shortening the school holidays by a week. 3. Next time schools are interviewing they should SERIOUSLY consider how far away a teacher lives from the school. 4. The EDP and local radio should just announce which schools ARE open. This list and the time spent on the radio are ridiculous.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Will these 'lost' learning days be added on at the end of the year?

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    City Boy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Go ahead close schools. What we need is a make up policy in which a few days of holiday are designated as inclement weather make up days. These designated days are then used as school days to make up for days missed due to weather or taken as holiday if there are no school closures due to weather. Close school all you want but teachers and student should be held accountable and have to make up the missed days by giving up holiday.

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    Z:)

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Teacher- Perhaps you and your staff could arrange a visit to Germany.....Here we have twice the Snowfall yet the Schools remain open and trains run on time.Its called forward thinking something which the public services in the UK no very little about!!!

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    dave123

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Funny how children are "missing valuable days of education" when schools are closed for snow, but they're not when parents take them out of school to go on holiday during the term.

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    marty r

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • There is, well was, an emergency school closure notification system in place using SMS, 25p per message or email for free. Unfortunately it broke down this morning and has been suspended. There is a website but that seemed rather creaky this morning. Another issue is some schools not putting out their closure notices quick enough, if they could make a decision by say 7am then that would make it easier for parents to make alternative arrangements.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I usually give time to a lot of what 'V' writes but not this time. OK to those who live in the past and come out with the old 'in my day' rubbish remember that there was not the legislation that exists today which places legal responsibilities on organisations such as schools for the Health & Safety of staff and pupils. There were not so many vehicles around then and most staff and pupils lived relatively local to their schools. Also, it is a management responsibility to close or not, it is not the decision of the majority of the staff. On the flip side, I don't feel sorry for parents at all, it comes as part of the responsibility of having children, parents look after your own children and stop whingeing, you chose to have them accept YOUR responsibilities and that includes when you can take them on holidays.

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    micklynn

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Teacher - I left home 5 hours earlier than normal to get to work this morning in light of the poor weather. I expect you and your teaching colleagues would regard that as a ridiculous concept. People I work with travel many miles to get to work, those with children safely dropped them off at nurseries or relatives or schools where open. As far as I'm aware, no-one crashed their car or put him or herself in unreasonable danger. It's business as usual, EXCEPT, where teachers or headteachers or education authorities have decided it is too risky for them. TOO RISKY FOR THEM. So-called consideration for the safety of everyone else is nonsense. It is simply too easy an option to declare the school closed. Perhaps it is under the guise of covering their own health-and-safety backs, but most people, businesses, organisations could play that card. But they don't, because it would be measurably detrimental to the business. My child's school was closed 3 days last week, but is open today despite there being worse travelling conditions. The reason being that "too many days off will start to affect learning". Hmm, so last week it was closed for health & safety, today the health & safety risk is higher, but teaching becomes more important. Logic tells me that therefore there was no reason for the school to close last week. I have a couple of teacher friends on Facebook and their comments (and subsequent ones from apparent colleagues) do not represent your profession in a good light. One of them walks to school anyway, but has been very open with "fingers crossed for another day off" comments, which are enthusiastically encouraged by their colleagues Facebook friends.

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    AE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • BG- for the record, I'm not a head teacher and all teachers in my school tried really hard to get to work today!

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "V" I don't think those companies are the headteacher's responsibility.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • And very honourable those NHS staff were too- I'd have done the same. My class, however, do not need 24 hour medical attention. Ha- can you IMAGINE the hysteria of 30 5 and 6 year old children if we had to stay overnight at school in the snow! I had children in tears when grown ups were late picking up due to the snow last Tuesday. Can be quite scary for young children who have barely experienced snow before, let alone on this scale. Just some more food for thought. Whilst obviously schools do their best to stay open, they understand that opening schools in potentially dangerous conditions is unnecessary. As others have mentioned these are days which could easily have been missed through illness. I am a teacher, not a babysitter. It is safer for all to spend a few days at home. I have been working at home every snow day by the way, these have not been days off! A teacher's work is never done! Northcity, if you read my last post again you'll see I DID drive to work today even though my school was shut! I would not have wanted to make this journey with a child in the car though as the roads were quite slippery.

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If schools, ehem the taxpayer, can afford to pay teachers for not going to work, then we can also afford teachers to be supplied with snow chains, on the taxpayer and signed for, to get to school. Further, we can also afford an SMS text service for parents telling them exactly what does or what does not happen, in the morning. I'm with Musto in this debate.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "As for the teachers who were "completely snowed in", I simply don't believe it." @AE And you are not alone. When the headteachers and, indeed, teaching staff travelled in the region of 20 miles to their schools, personally, I find it more astounding that some headteachers and their staff, who live in the very same postcode as their schools, could not somehow manage to open. Strange, considering that the schools reported in yesterday's EDP were assiduous in summoning help from those who joined in their aspirations to see the schools open.

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Teacher - you really should realise by now that most of the posters think your excuses are just not credible. The school closure situation could be changed dramatically by just two things. Firstly, attendance figures on badly snowed affected days should not count in annual school figures. This would remove the disincentive for schools to open. Secondly, teachers to lose a days pay if the school is not open. This would put teachers in line with many, or most, other workers. In really extreme conditions, which is not what we have seen this year, there will still be school closues but very few believe they were justifird this time.

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    andy

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Good job "Catalonia13" doesnt work for a company in the real world. They cannot close "at the drop of a hat" and they expect you in, regardless of "health & safety". !

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    "V"

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • its not at 'the drop of a hat', its because of the conditions of the roads, which last night were the worst I've ever come across, if all teachers could walk to school then fine, but most cant so even if you managed to get your child in there might not be enough staff to safely cover them, I'd far rather my child be safe at home for a few days, a few days off will make no difference whatsoever to their overall education, no more than it does when your child is off sick!

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    catalonia13

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • always the same the heartsease primary is open. but the open academy which is the top of the road. is closed, stones throw between them,,,,

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    morello

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I wonder if headteachers and their respective staff are discussing a contingency plan in the event that this adverse weather continues. How many more days education will be lost before the schools that closed attempt to work around this situation? If not all teachers are able to get into work, could classes not be consolidated between those who can? Similarly, if pupils are not in school, could the teachers (via login to their school websites) not set work, to minimise disruption to pupils' learning, especially for those in the middle of their exams? Surely, it can't be all parents who find it preferable that their children are spending these hours of lost education going sledging, having snowball fights or generally causing havoc in their locality?

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • *apologies for that horrendously written post- it's late (and I have school in the morning ;)

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • But...but...but...there were teachers who really were (honestly!) snowed in! They tried to dig their cars out with no success, no public transport was available and a taxi wouldn't have been able to access it either! We don't make these things up! There was a problem with the schools list this morning. We always decided by 6.45, but the volume of traffic to the website slowed updates down unfortunately. I'm sure lots of other workers in different fields had the same problem, but due to schools declaring these issues more people know about us! Musto_fan, yes, for some classes video conferencing is an excellent idea, I quite agree. However, I never teach in a style that could be recreated in this way as I teach very young children. Looking good for tomorrow though- can we agree on that?!

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "Well done for getting to work on time yourself, but travelling into school was not the issue for me, as I made the journey!" @Teacher Not quite sure what to think about your account of events; it isn't consistent with what you wrote earlier... "My colleague and I took over an hour to drive in (after my colleague spent a good half hour prepping her car for the journey) to go in to school. We couldn't because someone had had an accident on a road approaching the school and we could go no further."

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "always the same the heartsease primary is open. but the open academy which is the top of the road. is closed, stones throw between them,,,," "Well morello maybe the staff of Heartsease Primary all live locally and the staff of the Academy all live far away. If so then I expect it will be the same every time it snows." @morello @Cyril the Canary This is exactly my point. Is it the case that school sites are genuinely unsafe or is this is concealing the fact that school staff can't (or won't) travel the distance to their place of employment? Either way, parents have every right to question why one of their children missed at least a day's education, when their other child (less than a mile away and in the same postcode or cluster) went to school as normal. Not all of us parents regard teachers as a childminding service, but, at the very least, expect a consistent standard of service for our children. And, no, not all of us take our children out of school for holidays during term time and regard that the loss of days education justifies spending time sledging, having snowball fights or causing a nuisance to those in our community.

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Sorry- that was a stupid thing to put! We made the journey eventually, but only after waiting at another colleagues and trying again (they'd closed the school completely by then though...) It was a long story and I tried to shorten it! I suppose it was quite difficult to get in in that case- but my point was a) I tried and b) there are other reasons for a school to close. D'oh!

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I'm with city boy. Perhaps the school year should be increased by 5 days to 195 days plus 5 training days. If the school stays open in the snow then they have an extra week off in the summer. If they close for ANY reason, poor weather, elections, heating problems then the same number of days are worked from the additional 5 before the summer break commences. All children should be provided with the opportunity of the legal 190 days of education per year.

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    siouxsie

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • V! After our snowy conversation yesterday (see carers article) I thought I would provide an update. School was closed to children today as the pavements and roads were deemed too unsafe. Staff could come in to pick up extra marking and get resources ready if they wishedneeded to. My colleague and I took over an hour to drive in (after my colleague spent a good half hour prepping her car for the journey) to go in to school. We couldn't because someone had had an accident on a road approaching the school and we could go no further. We turned around and came home, slowly and very carefully, passing several accidents on the way. Pathetic, careless teachers now? I think we may just have a point...

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    Teacher

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Proud to say my child's city based school stayed open all last week and today. The headteacher and some teachers live a long distance away yet still made it in. I was then able to drive the 15 miles to my work - there would have been no pay had I not turned up. There is an issue of 'attendance figures' which, I believe, aren't affected if a school shuts, but where a school stays open but say only 50% of pupils attend due to the poor weather it will affect these figures which appear on league tables. Just a thought.

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    Busy mum

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • So it's OK for them to close at the drop of a hat for snow and so called "teacher training days" but not if you want to take your kid(s) out of school for a holiday ?. Hypocrites. They should be reminded of this should any school try and "fine" parents for so called "unauthorised absence" .

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    "V"

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Funny how Sheringham Primary school always manages to stay open. Not closed in 20 years apparently.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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