Snow fears sees school closures announced

PUBLISHED: 19:18 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:04 28 February 2018

Backwell School.

Backwell School.


Heavy disruption is expected tomorrow (Thursday) with snow and storms forecast to cause significant problems.

An amber weather warning issued has been issued by the Met Office, with heavy snow expected to fall from lunchtime.

Backwell School has announced this evening (Wednesday) it will close early to make sure pupils get home safely.

A spokesman said: “The school will close at 1.30pm tomorrow due to expected snow.

“Students are expected to attend as normal in the morning unless a further closure is announced.

“Coaches have been rearranged and students should wear warm coats and sensible shoes.”

MORE: Latest Met Office forecast for North Somerset.

Churchill Academy and Sixth Form has a similar plan, with the school due to close at 1.10pm

A spokesman said: “Students are expected to attend school, as normal, on Thursday morning and lessons one to four will take place as timetabled. Coaches will be rearranged to depart from 1.10pm. Families who collect their children by car are asked to arrive at 1.20pm to do so.

“Students coming to school should ensure that they are dressed appropriately; extra layers, hats and gloves are recommended.

“We intend that the Singin’ in the Rain rehearsal and performance will go ahead as planned and students involved in the musical should follow the arrangements as previously published.”

A similar arrangement will be in place at St Katherine’s School in Pill.

It will shut at 1.15pm and buses leave then to take pupils home.

It has apologised for any inconvenience to parents but says the ‘precautionary measure’ is necessary.

Hannah More and Grove Junior Schools in Nailsea have told parents it will open as normal tomorrow, but is telling pupils to wear non-uniform and plenty of layers.

However, across town, Ravenswood School has decided to close completely tomorrow.

Portishead Primary School has promised to ‘do all it can’ to remain open this week, but warns if the weather is ‘extreme’ then it may need to close.

Yatton’s junior and infant schools are also considering an early closure.

A spokesman said: “We have been seeking advice and based on the current Met Office forecast, it is likely that the weather conditions will go downhill in the afternoon tomorrow.

“In order to ensure that all children and staff get home safely, we may consider shutting the schools early at 2pm.

“Confirmation of this decision will be posted on the school website and sent by email by 9am tomorrow morning when we have been able to consider the most recent weather forecast.”

* The Times will have the latest updates throughout the day tomorrow to make sure readers are fully up-to-date with what is happening on the roads, schools and other key services.

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