Artificial grass prompts one of many school closures in heatwave

Ashwicken Primary School Picture: Ian Burt

Ashwicken Church of England Primary School is shutting due to extreme heat in the classroom and its artificial grass. - Credit: Ian Burt

With temperatures set to soar across Norfolk on Monday and amber and red weather warnings in place, some schools have closed for the day or for the afternoon.

While most have closed due to predicted temperatures of up to 40C, for some in west Norfolk it is due to ongoing issues with water supply.

Ashwicken Church of England Primary School it is closing from midday on both Monday and Tuesday due to extreme temperatures in the classroom and "no safe outdoor space" due to artificial grass. 

Heartsease Primary Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Heartsease Primary Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

These are the school closures announced so far, which will be updated during the morning: 

Ashwicken CE Primary School (PE32 1LY) - closing from midday Monday and Tuesday

Aurora Eccles School, Quidenham (NR16 2NZ) - closed Monday and Tuesday

City Academy Norwich (NR4 7LP) - closed Monday and Tuesday

Downham Market Academy (PE38 9LL) - closed Monday and Tuesday

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Heartsease Primary Academy (NR7 9UE) - Half day closing at 1pm, moving to online learning for afternoon 

Iceni Academy - Methwold Site (Secondary) (IP26 4PE) - closed Monday and Tuesday

Nelson Academy, Downham Market (PE38 9PF) - closed Monday and Tuesday, work will be set via ClassDojo for children which will include live lessons

North Wootton Academy (PE30 3PT) - due to water supply issues

South Wootton Infant School (PE30 3LJ) - due to water supply issues

South Wootton Junior School (PE30 3JZ) - due to water supply issues 

Reffley Academy, South Wootton (PE30 3SF) - due to water supply issues

Wicklewood Primary School And Nursery (NR18 9QJ) - School closed Monday afternoon, afternoon learning resources sent home 

In a letter to parents, City Academy interim headteacher Jenny Comber said: "We have not taken this decision lightly and have considered the following factors.

"The government’s declaration of a level four UKHSA heat health alert for all of England, the likely disruption to public transport and the likely pressure on health services.

"For example, local ambulance services have declared a black alert (their highest alert level) as such there will be tremendous pressure on services should any student or staff member require an ambulance they likely would not get one.

"Our buildings are not air conditioned neither are they well suited for cooling when the outside temperature is very high.

"Early closures were considered but we did not think it safe or sensible to send children on to public transport or to walk home in the middle of the day."