LiveJanuary 21, 2013: Live snow updates, school closures and travel news

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Summary

  • Amber weather warning for parts of region
  • Schools closed across North-East and North Yorks
  • Drivers urged to take extra care

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5:22pm

School Closures: County Durham
Tomorrow, January 22

  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)

 

4:40pm

4:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

A mazing says

The truth hurts! Schools closing yet again...Suprise, Suprise!! Why when everytime we get some snow teachers decide to opt for the easy life and close schools???? Why should they get away with it in this day and age?? come on, get a grip its a bit of snow...nothing that a bit of dedication to work, careful planning and careful driving cant solve!! Absolutely ridiculous that teachers seem to think its too dangerous for them to carry out their duty, attend work and teach children as they're paid to do of course!!!! What if all of us working in hospitals decide its too dangerous to go to work??? people are neglected or die because theres no one there to care for them! Everytime teachers close schools they are stating to me that they do not consider childrens education to be that important to them and that it is beneath them to do what everyone else in the Country is doing, making their way to work regardless, now thats dedication! Well done to all who have made it safely to work and back in this white stuff! And teachers time someone shook you all up and showed you the real world!

4:37pm

 

4:24pm

3:57pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says

fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
Why should any compensation be payable? We live in a country where it snows in winter and we get ice because of low temperatures. We learn before ever going to school that snow and ice are slippery and we need to take care - and that it is our fault if we slip. It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves again instead of always looking for somebody to blame/sue.

4:24pm

3:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says

fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
I don't think any of the above are Jokers! They are only stating a point as to why "Teachers are so special compared to people who have to work for a living!

Rant over.

4:24pm

3:40pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says

Why on Earth was Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough closed today? Pupils arrived as usual but were then sent away later.
It's actually been thawing in the area round the school all day, there is less snow now than first thing this morning.

4:24pm

3:26pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says

If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!

4:24pm

3:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

stevegg says

Its an absolute scandal in this day and age that schools close (whoevers to bliam for it) when everywhere else manages to stay open and their staff manage to get into work. Health and Safety is just an excuse. You have to take into account the disruption to parents, many of whom will have also to take time off work. Its high time that the dinosaur teachers unions were overhauled and brought into the modern age like almost all other unions have had to. Imagine what would have happenned if the teachers were made to reform their pay and working conditions as the police have had to forcibly undergo in the last 12 months with no industrial rights!

4:23pm

2:50pm Mon 21 Jan 13

me2earth says

@ voice-of-reality, if i could give your comment a million thumbs up i would. Teachers are a pathetic breed,i remember when the heating broke down at my school in the late 90's during snow fall,we didn't get sent home we were told to keep our coats on and lessons went ahead as normal. Its pretty much any excuse for an extra day off now.

4:09pm

POlice have issued a warning to drivers heading home from work today.

Northumbria Police chief superintendent Gary Calvert said: "Snow has fallen throughout this morning and into the afternoon, on top of already existing snow and ice, and there is forecast for further adverse weather to come.

"This is causing some disruption across the force, particularly in areas of Northumberland, and we'd urge people to only travel if absolutely necessary.

"For those leaving work or travelling home this afternoon, we'd advise people to take extra care during this evening's rush hour.

"We expect rush hour to be a little slower than usual due to the weather. I'd like people to think in advance about their journey home and consider whether it might be appropriate to set off a little early to avoid any rush hour problems.

"Before setting off for home, clear snow and ice from windows and headlights. Drivers should moderate their speed to match the conditions and be aware that stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads and drivers should maintain a safe distance from other road users.

"Motorists also need to keep a look out for pedestrians who may be walking on the road to avoid icy pavements.

"We will continue to monitor weather forecasts and conditions across the force and will have officers out and about on the roads and in our communities overnight. I would ask everyone to remain alert and drive with care and consideration."

3:51pm

3:50pm

A snow plough tries to clear snow from the A66 dual carriageway after it was closed between County Durham and Cumbria this morning

The Northern Echo:

3:49pm

A snow plough tries to clear snow from the A66 dual carriageway after it was closed between County Durham and Cumbria

The Northern Echo:

3:48pm

A row of houses in Tow Law, County Durham is completely covered in snow and icicles this morning as temperatures plummet

The Northern Echo:

3:47pm

Eight-year-old Harvey Proctor plays in the snow in front of a row of houses in Tow Law, County Durham

The Northern Echo:

3:44pm

A snow plough tries to clear snow from the A66 dual carriageway after it was closed between County Durham and Cumbria this morning

The Northern Echo:

 

 

3:35pm

2:40pm

SEDGEFIELD POWER CUT

All but 121 of the 2,000 homes affected by a power cut this morning are back on

2:34pm

Dawn Gibson sent in this picture of a snow kangaroo.

She said: "This is fantastic. My son and daughter made this outside our home! Loving the North-East after spending two years out in Australia!

The Northern Echo:

2:32pm

ROAD CLOSED

The A66 is closed in both directions between the junctions with the A685 (Brough) and the A67 (Bowes) due to snowfall resulting in unsafe road conditions.

The road is not expected to reopen until tomorrow morning (22nd January 2013) and drivers are advised to seek alternative routes.

2:30pm

Janet Smith has sent in this picture of Laura Wilson enjoying the snow in Staindrop

The Northern Echo:

2:22pm

2:13pm

Six year old Alex Kingston puts the final touches to his amazing upside down snowman in his garden in Barnard Castle on Saturday.

The Northern Echo:

2:11pm

NORTH YORKSHIRE TRAVEL

A169 closed due to snow between B1410 The Carrs (Whitby) and Shaker Stile Road (Pickering).

 A170 Sutton Bank between Cross Hill and Sutton Bank is just passable due to snow. The road was initially blocked but traffic can now pass with care, affecting traffic between Thirsk and Pickering.

Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A171 between Blacksmith Hill and Flask, affecting traffic between Whitby and Scarborough.

B1365 in Stokesley is just passable due to snow between A172 and A174 / A1032.

2:07pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES: COUNTY DURHAM

  • Aclet Close Nursery School (1018)
  • All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413)
  • Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
  • Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
  • Beamish Primary School (2205)
  • Bearpark Primary School (2477)
  • Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
  • Bishop Barrington School (4162)
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
  • Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
  • Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
  • Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389) - PM only
  • Bowburn Junior School (2388) - PM only
  • Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
  • Broom Cottages Primary School (2400)
  • Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
  • Burnside Primary School (2232)
  • Butterknowle Primary School (2413)
  • Cassop Primary School (2362)
  • Castleside Primary School (2266)
  • Catchgate Primary School (2210)
  • Chilton Primary School (2002)
  • Cockfield Primary School (2440)
  • Collierley Primary School (2208)
  • Consett Academy (4001)
  • Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
  • Consett Junior School (2277)
  • Copeland Road Primary School (2704)
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)
  • Crook Primary School (2308)
  • Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
  • Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
  • Durham Community Business College (4192)
  • East Stanley School (2217)
  • Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
  • Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
  • Elemore Hall School (7006)
  • Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
  • Etherley Lane Nursery School (1024) - PM only
  • Etherley Lane Primary School (2401)
  • Evenwood CE (Cont.) Primary School (3130)
  • Evergreen School (7034)
  • Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (4150)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Fyndoune Community College (4052)
  • Green Lane CE Controlled Primary School (3121)
  • Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
  • Hare Law School (7013)
  • Hartside Primary School (2310)
  • Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)
  • Kelloe Primary School (2374)
  • King James I Academy (4178)
  • Kirk Merrington Primary School (2361)
  • Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
  • Langley Moor Nursery School (1025)
  • Langley Moor Primary School (2455)
  • Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
  • Leadgate Junior School (2259)
  • Ludworth Primary School (2472)
  • Moorside Primary School (2276)
  • Nettlesworth Primary School (2116)
  • Neville's Cross Primary School (2481)
  • New Brancepeth Primary School (2453)
  • North Durham Academy (4000)
  • Oakley Cross Primary School (2330) - PM only
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
  • Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
  • Peases West Primary School (2311)
  • Plawsworth Road Infant School (2147)
  • Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Roseberry Primary School (2744)
  • Sacriston Junior School (2122)
  • Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
  • Seascape Primary School (2004)
  • Sedgefield Community College (4231)
  • Sedgefield Primary School (2563)
  • Shield Row Primary School (2730)
  • Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
  • Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
  • Silver Tree Primary School (3519)
  • South Stanley Infant School (2225)
  • South Stanley Junior School (2226)
  • St Andrews Primary School (2705)
  • St Anne's Church of England Primary School (3123)
  • St Bede's Catholic School, Sacriston (3344)
  • St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
  • St Francis CofE Aided Junior School (3472)
  • St Helen Auckland Primary School (2419)
  • St Hild's College CofE Aided Primary School (3485)
  • St John's Chapel Primary School (2322)
  • St John's CofE Aided Primary School (3513)
  • St John's School and Sixth Form College (4681)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Coundon (3469)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
  • St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441)
  • St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3404)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
  • St Stephen's Church of England Primary School (3085)
  • St Thomas More RCVA Primary School (3492)
  • St William's RCVA Primary School (3442)
  • Staindrop CofE (Controlled) Primary School (3141)
  • Stanhope Barrington CofE Primary School (3087)
  • Stanley (Crook) Primary School (2313)
  • Sunnydale Community College for Maths + Computing (4180)
  • Tanfield Lea Community Primary School (3522)
  • The Grove Primary School (2269)
  • The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
  • Timothy Hackworth Primary School (2438)
  • Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
  • Victoria Lane Academy (2402)
  • Villa Real School (7028)
  • Walworth School (7014)
  • Willington Primary School (2326)
  • Witton Gilbert Primary School (2462)
  • Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School (3523)
  • Woodland Primary School (2428)

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12:07pm

12:00pm

@northyorkscc: #nygrit #update In #Whitby #Scarborough areas A169 closed. Other P1's passable, gritted, being retreated. Treating P2's are resources allow.

12:00pm

11:58am

Get the latest updates on Arriva bus services directly from their website: http://highload.arrivabus.co.uk/Region/Northeast

11:51am

Arriva North East: Callum has updated us with this "Service 7 Darlington to Durham via Newton Aycliffe and Ferryhill is still running at a 15 minute frequency but with severe delays. Service 8 Darlington to Spennymoor via Newton Aycliffe and Ferryhill is running with delays of around 45 minutes"

11:49am

PC Lee Cowley has sent these pictures of the snow gates on the A66 near Bowes.

The Northern Echo:

The Northern Echo:

11:46am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: COUNTY DURHAM

  • Aclet Close Nursery School (1018)
  • All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413)
  • Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
  • Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
  • Beamish Primary School (2205)
  • Bearpark Primary School (2477)
  • Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
  • Bishop Barrington School (4162)
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
  • Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
  • Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
  • Bowburn Junior School (2388) - PM only
  • Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
  • Broom Cottages Primary School (2400)
  • Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
  • Burnside Primary School (2232)
  • Butterknowle Primary School (2413)
  • Cassop Primary School (2362)
  • Castleside Primary School (2266)
  • Catchgate Primary School (2210)
  • Chilton Primary School (2002)
  • Cockfield Primary School (2440)
  • Collierley Primary School (2208)
  • Consett Academy (4001)
  • Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
  • Consett Junior School (2277)
  • Copeland Road Primary School (2704)
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)
  • Crook Primary School (2308)
  • Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
  • Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
  • Durham Community Business College (4192)
  • East Stanley School (2217)
  • Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
  • Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
  • Elemore Hall School (7006)
  • Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
  • Etherley Lane Primary School (2401)
  • Evenwood CE (Cont.) Primary School (3130)
  • Evergreen School (7034)
  • Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (4150)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Fyndoune Community College (4052)
  • Green Lane CE Controlled Primary School (3121)
  • Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
  • Hare Law School (7013)
  • Hartside Primary School (2310)
  • Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)
  • Kelloe Primary School (2374)
  • King James I Academy (4178)
  • Kirk Merrington Primary School (2361)
  • Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213) - PM only
  • Langley Moor Primary School (2455)
  • Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
  • Leadgate Junior School (2259)
  • Ludworth Primary School (2472)
  • Moorside Primary School (2276)
  • Nettlesworth Primary School (2116)
  • Neville's Cross Primary School (2481)
  • New Brancepeth Primary School (2453)
  • North Durham Academy (4000)
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
  • Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
  • Peases West Primary School (2311)
  • Plawsworth Road Infant School (2147)
  • Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Roseberry Primary School (2744)
  • Sacriston Junior School (2122)
  • Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
  • Seascape Primary School (2004)
  • Sedgefield Primary School (2563)
  • Shield Row Primary School (2730)
  • Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
  • Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
  • Silver Tree Primary School (3519)
  • South Stanley Infant School (2225)
  • South Stanley Junior School (2226)
  • St Andrews Primary School (2705)
  • St Anne's Church of England Primary School (3123)
  • St Bede's Catholic School, Sacriston (3344)
  • St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
  • St Helen Auckland Primary School (2419)
  • St Hild's College CofE Aided Primary School (3485)
  • St John's Chapel Primary School (2322)
  • St John's CofE Aided Primary School (3513)
  • St John's School and Sixth Form College (4681)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Coundon (3469)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
  • St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441)
  • St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3404)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
  • St Stephen's Church of England Primary School (3085)
  • Stanhope Barrington CofE Primary School (3087)
  • Stanley (Crook) Primary School (2313)
  • Sunnydale Community College for Maths + Computing (4180)
  • Tanfield Lea Community Primary School (3522)
  • The Grove Primary School (2269)
  • The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
  • Timothy Hackworth Primary School (2438)
  • Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
  • Victoria Lane Academy (2402)
  • Villa Real School (7028)
  • Walworth School (7014)
  • Willington Primary School (2326)
  • Witton Gilbert Primary School (2462)
  • Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School (3523)
  • Woodland Primary School (2428)

11:42am

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11:35am

POWER CUTS

Power restored to Malton at 10.22am. Northern Grid staff still working on restoring power to Sedgefield.

11:11am

11:11am

Delayed arrivals and departures at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle airports, although both airports very much open.

11:10am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: NORTH YORKSHIRE

•Askrigg CE Primary School
•Bainbridge CE Primary School
•Barton CE Primary School
•Bilsdale, Midcable Chopgate CE School
•Bilton Grange CP School, Harrogate
•Bishop Monkton C of E Primary School
•Boroughbridge High School - open for exams
•Brompton & Sawdon CP School
•Burnsall CE Primary School
•Burnt Yates Primary School
•Carnagill CP School, Catterick Garrison
•Castleton CP School
•Cononley Primary School
•Cracoe and Rhylstone VC CE Primary School
•Craven Pupil Referral Service
•Dacre Braithwaite CP School
•Danby CE Primary School
•Danby, C of E, Whitby
•Darley CP School
•Egton CE VA School
•Eppleby Forcett CE Primary School
•Ermysted's Grammar School
•Eskdale School, Whitby
•Follifoot Primary School
•Forest School, Knaresborough
•Fountains CE Primary School
•Fountains Earth, Lofthouse Primary School
•Gillamoor CE Primary School
•Glaisdale CP School
•Glusburn CP School
•Goathland Primary School
•Grassington Primary School
•Great Ouseburn CE Primary School
•Gunnerside Methodist Primary School
•Hackforth & Hornby Primary School
•Hampsthwaite Primary School
•Harrogate Grammar School - open for exams
•High Bentham Primary School
•Hookstone Chase CP School, Harrogate
•Husthwaite CE Primary School
•Ingleby Greenhow CE Primary School
•Kettlesing Felliscliffe Primary School
•Kettlewell CE Primary School
•Kildwick CE VC Primary School
•Killinghall CE Primary School
•King James' School, Knaresborough - open for exams
•Kirk Fenton CE Primary School
•Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School
•Langton Primary School
•Lealholm Primary School
•Leavening CP School
•Lothersdale CP School
•Luttons CP School
•Lythe CE Primary School
•Malton CP School
•Markington CE Primary School
•Marton-cum-Grafton CE VC Primary School 
•Masham CE Primary School
•Melsonby Primary School
•Michael Syddall CE Primary School, Catterick
•Middleham CE Primary School
•Middleton Tyas Primary School
•Mowbray School, Bedale
•Nidderdale High School
•North Rigton Primary School
•Oakridge CP School, Hinderwell
•Ravensworth CE Primary School
•Richard Taylor Primary School, Harrogate
•Richmond CE Primary School
•Richmond School
•Ripley Endowed Primary School
•Ripon Cathedral CE Primary School
•Ripon Grammar School - open for examinations only
•Roseberry CP School, Great Ayton
•Rosedale Abbey, Pickering
•Rossett Acre CP School
•Rossett School - open for exams
•Scotton Lingerfield CP School
•Selby High School - open for years 10 and 11
•Selby Pupil Referral Service
•Seton, Staithes CP School
•Sleights CE Primary School
•Spofforth CP School
•Springhead School, Scarborough will be open until lunchtime.
•St Cuthbert's Primary School, Pateley Bridge
•St Francis Xavier RC School, Richmond
•St Hedda's Primary School, Egton Bridge
•St Hilda's Primary School, Ampleforth
•St Hilda's RC Primary School, Whitby
•St John Fisher, Harrogate - open for exams only
•St Mary's Primary School, Knaresborough
•St Peter's CE Primary School, Harrogate
•St Robert's RC Primary School, Harrogate
•Staveley CP School
•Stokesley School - open to students sitting exams only
•Sutton in Craven CE Primary School
•Sutton in Craven CP School
•The Dales School, Morton on Swale
•Thornton in Craven CP School
•Upper Wharfedale School, Threshfield
•Wavell Infants School, Catterick Garrison
•Wavell Junior School, Catterick Garrison
•Welburn CP School
•Welburn Hall School, Kirkbymoorside
•West Cliff Primary School, Whitby
•Western Primary School, Harrogate
•Whitby Community College - open for exams only
•Willow Tree CP School, Harrogate
•Woodfield CJ School, Harrogate
•Oatlands Junior School, Harrogate will open at 10.00 am today
•Selby High School - open for A Level students only
•Ripon Grammar School - will be open for examination students only
•Weaverthorpe Primary School will close at 12 noon today

11:07am

POWER CUTS

Northern Grid are reporting that 2,000 are without power in Sedgefield and over 800 were left without power in Malton.

Northern Grid said: "We have staff on site right now but the weather there is hampering our efforts."

10:57am

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10:52am

Motorists warned against driving "snowman cars"...

Edmund King, president of the AA, warned of people driving so-called snowman cars by not clearing off the piles of snow on top of their vehicles before getting behind the wheel.

He said: "Drivers must clear the snow off their windscreens, lights and tops of their cars before setting out. This morning we have spotted lots of snowman cars, which are cars driving along with piles of snow on their tops.
"I saw one sports car this morning on the M3 with almost a snowman of its roof but the dangerous thing was that it was being followed by a motorcycle. The hardened snow could have been a real hazard, had it fallen off in the path of the motorcycle.
"We have also seen drivers peering out of small openings on their windscreen as if they were driving a tank. The other issue is the number of cars with their lights and indicators compacted with hardened snow.
"Drivers need to take a broom to clear excess snow off their vehicles before setting out."
He also advised motorists to stick to main roads where grit and extra traffic has helped keep the ice away.

10:38am

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10:36am

Statement from Durham Police on the snow:

Update on #snow in County Durham and Darlington. The A66 remains closed between Bowes and Brought east and westbound but other routes are passable with extreme care. We have had no reports of any major problems, and drivers are thanked for being sensible and patient during the current adverse conditions. We advise people to continue to check on the conditions before travelling and monitor our regular updates. Stay safe in snow!

10:35am

Confirmed road closures in North Yorkshire:

 

  • A169 Pickering Road
  • Blakey Bank

10:31am

10:30am

10:28am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: MIDDLESBROUGH

  • Acklam Grange School
  • Rose Wood Primary - Partially closed

10:23am

10:22am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: COUNTY DURHAM

  • Aclet Close Nursery School (1018)
  • All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413) 
  • Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
  • Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
  • Beamish Primary School (2205)
  • Bearpark Primary School (2477)
  • Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
  • Bishop Barrington School (4162)
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
  • Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
  • Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
  • Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
  • Broom Cottages Primary School (2400)
  • Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
  • Burnside Primary School (2232)
  • Cassop Primary School (2362)
  • Castleside Primary School (2266)
  • Catchgate Primary School (2210)
  • Chilton Primary School (2002)
  • Cockfield Primary School (2440)
  • Collierley Primary School (2208)
  • Consett Academy (4001)
  • Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
  • Consett Junior School (2277)
  • Copeland Road Primary School (2704) 
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)
  • Crook Primary School (2308)
  • Delves Lane Infant School (2275) 
  • Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
  • Durham Community Business College (4192)
  • East Stanley School (2217)
  • Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
  • Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
  • Elemore Hall School (7006)
  • Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
  • Evergreen School (7034)
  • Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (4150)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Fyndoune Community College (4052)
  • Green Lane CE Controlled Primary School (3121)
  • Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
  • Hartside Primary School (2310)
  • Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)
  • Kelloe Primary School (2374)
  • King James I Academy (4178)
  • Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
  • Langley Moor Primary School (2455)
  • Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
  • Leadgate Junior School (2259)
  • Ludworth Primary School (2472)
  • Moorside Primary School (2276)
  • Nettlesworth Primary School (2116)
  • Neville's Cross Primary School (2481)
  • New Brancepeth Primary School (2453)
  • North Durham Academy (4000)
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
  • Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
  • Peases West Primary School (2311)
  • Plawsworth Road Infant School (2147)
  • Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Roseberry Primary School (2744)
  • Sacriston Junior School (2122)
  • Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
  • Seascape Primary School (2004)
  • Shield Row Primary School (2730)
  • Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
  • Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
  • Silver Tree Primary School (3519)
  • South Stanley Infant School (2225)
  • South Stanley Junior School (2226)
  • St Andrews Primary School (2705)
  • St Anne's Church of England Primary School (3123)
  • St Bede's Catholic School, Sacriston (3344)
  • St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
  • St Helen Auckland Primary School (2419)
  • St Hild's College CofE Aided Primary School (3485)
  • St John's Chapel Primary School (2322)
  • St John's CofE Aided Primary School (3513)
  • St John's School and Sixth Form College (4681)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Coundon (3469)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
  • St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441) 
  • St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3404)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
  • St Stephen's Church of England Primary School (3085)
  • Stanley (Crook) Primary School (2313)
  • Sunnydale Community College for Maths + Computing (4180)
  • Tanfield Lea Community Primary School (3522)
  • The Grove Primary School (2269)
  • The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
  • Timothy Hackworth Primary School (2438)
  • Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
  • Villa Real School (7028)
  • Willington Primary School (2326)
  • Witton Gilbert Primary School (2462)
  • Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School (3523)
  • Woodland Primary School (2428)

10:21am

10:21am

10:20am

9:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

Voice-of-reality says

One notes that independent schools usually remain open. Perhaps their Heads are made of sterner stuff or perhaps they value the importance of education more than their state counterparts.

10:20am

9:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

miketually says

lilboysmammy wrote:
the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them
It's the head teacher of the individual school who makes the decision, not the LEA.

10:20am

9:45am Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says

lilboysmammy wrote:
the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them
OK, I blame them!

10:20am

9:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

lilboysmammy says

the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them

10:20am

9:07am Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says

Bit of a rant.

Makes me laugh when they say they are closing Schools due to bad weather. My point is, I can understand them closing Schools where Children have to travel via transport but when they close a village school where the kids can actually walk in is a joke! At the end of the day real people have to travel to get to work and can not take time off like THE TEACHERS CAN!

10:19am

10:18am

10:16am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: REDCAR AND CLEVELAND

Primary Schools

  • Belmont Primary School - School & Nursery opening at 9.30am
  • Handale Primary School - closed
  • Hummersea Primary School - closed
  • Lingdale Primary School - closed
  • Nunthorpe Primary School - opening at 10am
  • Skelton Primary School - closed
  • St. Joseph's Roman Catholic  Primary School - Closed
  • St. Peter's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School - closed
  • Whitecliffe Primary School - closed

Secondary Schools

  • Freebrough Academy - Closed to students today, but Geography exam will go ahead this afternoon
  • Laurence Jackson School - closed
  • Nunthorpe Academy - closed, students involved in external exams should attend the 6th Form building as normal as exams will go ahead
  • Sacred Heart RC School - A Specialist Science College - closed

Special Schools

  • Kilton Thorpe School - closed

9:47am

Two roads in Weardale are currently closed due to the snow, the B6278 Eggleston - Stanhope and B6278 Crawleyside Bank, north of Stanhope.

9:46am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: COUNTY DURHAM

  • Aclet Close Nursery School (1018)
  • All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413) 
  • Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
  • Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
  • Beamish Primary School (2205)
  • Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
  • Bishop Barrington School (4162)
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
  • Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
  • Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
  • Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
  • Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
  • Burnside Primary School (2232)
  • Cassop Primary School (2362)
  • Castleside Primary School (2266)
  • Catchgate Primary School (2210)
  • Chilton Primary School (2002)
  • Cockfield Primary School (2440)
  • Collierley Primary School (2208)
  • Consett Academy (4001)
  • Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
  • Consett Junior School (2277)
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)
  • Crook Primary School (2308)
  • Delves Lane Infant School (2275) 
  • Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
  • Durham Community Business College (4192)
  • East Stanley School (2217)
  • Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
  • Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
  • Elemore Hall School (7006)
  • Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
  • Evergreen School (7034)
  • Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (4150)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Fyndoune Community College (4052)
  • Green Lane CE Controlled Primary School (3121)
  • Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
  • Hartside Primary School (2310)
  • Kelloe Primary School (2374)
  • King James I Academy (4178)
  • Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
  • Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
  • Leadgate Junior School (2259)
  • Ludworth Primary School (2472)
  • Moorside Primary School (2276)
  • Nettlesworth Primary School (2116)
  • Neville's Cross Primary School (2481)
  • North Durham Academy (4000)
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
  • Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
  • Peases West Primary School (2311)
  • Plawsworth Road Infant School (2147)
  • Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Roseberry Primary School (2744)
  • Sacriston Junior School (2122)
  • Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
  • Seascape Primary School (2004)
  • Shield Row Primary School (2730)
  • Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
  • Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
  • Silver Tree Primary School (3519)
  • South Stanley Infant School (2225)
  • South Stanley Junior School (2226)
  • St Andrews Primary School (2705)
  • St Bede's Catholic School, Sacriston (3344)
  • St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
  • St Helen Auckland Primary School (2419)
  • St Hild's College CofE Aided Primary School (3485)
  • St John's Chapel Primary School (2322)
  • St John's CofE Aided Primary School (3513)
  • St John's School and Sixth Form College (4681)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Coundon (3469)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
  • St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441) 
  • St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3404)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
  • St Stephen's Church of England Primary School (3085)
  • Stanley (Crook) Primary School (2313)
  • Sunnydale Community College for Maths + Computing (4180)
  • Tanfield Lea Community Primary School (3522)
  • The Grove Primary School (2269)
  • The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
  • Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
  • Villa Real School (7028)
  • Willington Primary School (2326)
  • Witton Gilbert Primary School (2462)
  • Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School (3523)
  • Woodland Primary School (2428)

9:31am

9:30am

9:27am

More information on the snow situation in the rest of the country is available here

9:23am

An update on the roads from Durham Police: "The A66 remains closed between Bowes and Brough east and westbound but other routes are passable with extreme care.

"We have had no reports of any major problems, and drivers are thanked for being sensible and patient during the current adverse conditions.

"We advise people to continue to check on the conditions before travelling and monitor our regular updates. Stay safe in snow!"

9:19am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: COUNTY DURHAM

  • Aclet Close Nursery School (1018)
  • Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
  • Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
  • Beamish Primary School (2205)
  • Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
  • Belmont Community School (4185)
  • Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
  • Bishop Barrington School (4162)
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
  • Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
  • Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
  • Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
  • Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
  • Burnside Primary School (2232)
  • Cassop Primary School (2362)
  • Castleside Primary School (2266)
  • Catchgate Primary School (2210)
  • Cockfield Primary School (2440)
  • Collierley Primary School (2208)
  • Consett Academy (4001)
  • Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
  • Consett Junior School (2277)
  • Crook Nursery School (1032)
  • Crook Primary School (2308)
  • Delves Lane Infant School (2275) 
  • Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
  • East Stanley School (2217)
  • Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
  • Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
  • Elemore Hall School (7006)
  • Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
  • Evergreen School (7034)
  • Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (4150)
  • Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
  • Green Lane CE Controlled Primary School (3121)
  • Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
  • Hartside Primary School (2310)
  • Kelloe Primary School (2374)
  • King James I Academy (4178)
  • Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
  • Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
  • Leadgate Junior School (2259)
  • Moorside Primary School (2276)
  • Neville's Cross Primary School (2481)
  • North Durham Academy (4000)
  • Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
  • Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
  • Peases West Primary School (2311)
  • Plawsworth Road Infant School (2147)
  • Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
  • Rookhope Primary School (2321)
  • Sacriston Junior School (2122)
  • Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
  • Shield Row Primary School (2730)
  • Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
  • Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
  • South Stanley Infant School (2225)
  • South Stanley Junior School (2226)
  • St Andrews Primary School (2705)
  • St Bede's Catholic School, Sacriston (3344)
  • St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
  • St Helen Auckland Primary School (2419)
  • St John's Chapel Primary School (2322)
  • St John's School and Sixth Form College (4681)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Coundon (3469)
  • St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
  • St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
  • St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441) 
  • St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
  • St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3404)
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
  • St Stephen's Church of England Primary School (3085)
  • Stanley (Crook) Primary School (2313)
  • Sunnydale Community College for Maths + Computing (4180)
  • Tanfield Lea Community Primary School (3522)
  • The Grove Primary School (2269)
  • The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
  • Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
  • Villa Real School (7028)
  • Willington Primary School (2326)
  • Witton Gilbert Primary School (2462)
  • Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School (3523)
  • Woodland Primary School (2428)

9:18am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: REDCAR AND CLEVELAND

Primary Schools

  • Belmont Primary School - School & Nursery opening at 9.30am
  • Handale Primary School - closed
  • Hummersea Primary School - closed
  • Lingdale Primary School - closed
  • Nunthorpe Primary School - opening at 10am
  • Skelton Primary School - closed
  • St. Joseph's Roman Catholic  Primary School - Closed
  • St. Peter's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School - closed
  • Whitecliffe Primary School - closed

Secondary Schools

  • Freebrough Academy - Closed to students today, but Geography exam will go ahead this afternoon
  • Laurence Jackson School - closed
  • Nunthorpe Academy - closed, students involved in external exams should attend the 6th Form building as normal as exams will go ahead
  • Sacred Heart RC School - A Specialist Science College - closed

Special Schools

  • Kilton Thorpe School - closed

9:06am

9:01am

SCHOOL CLOSURES: NORTH YORKSHIRE

  • Askrigg CE Primary School
  • Bainbridge CE Primary School
  • Barton CE Primary School
  • Bilsdale, Midcable Chopgate CE School
  • Boroughbridge High School
  • Brompton & Sawdon CP School
  • Brooklands Special School, Skipton
  • Burnt Yates Primary School
  • Cononley Primary School
  • Craven Pupil Referral Service
  • Dacre Braithwaite CP School
  • Danby CE Primary School
  • Darley CP School
  • Ermysted's Grammar School
  • Forest School, Knaresborough
  • Fountains Earth, Lofthouse Primary School
  • Glusburn CP School
  • Grassington Primary School
  • Great Ouseburn CE Primary School
  • Hackforth & Hornby Primary School
  • Hampsthwaite Primary School
  • High Bentham Primary School
  • Husthwaite CE Primary School
  • Kettlesing Felliscliffe Primary School
  • Kettlewell CE Primary School
  • Kirk Fenton CE Primary School
  • Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School
  • Lealholm Primary School
  • Luttons CP School
  • Lythe Primary School
  • Masham CE Primary School
  • Middleham CE Primary School
  • Middleton Tyas Primary School
  • Nidderdale High School
  • Norton CP School
  • Oakridge CP School, Hinderwell near Scarborough
  • Richard Taylor Primary School, Harrogate
  • Richmond CE Primary School
  • Richmond School
  • Ripley Endowed Primary School
  • Ripon Cathedral CE Primary School
  • Roseberry CP School, Great Ayton
  • Rossett Acre CP School
  • Scotton Lingerfield CP School
  • Seton, Staithes CP School
  • Spofforth CP School
  • Springhead School, Scarborough will be open until lunchtime.
  • St Cuthbert's Primary School, Pateley Bridge
  • St Francis Xavier RC School, Richmond
  • St Hedda's Primary School, Egton Bridge
  • St John Fisher RC School, Harrogate
  • St Peter's CE Primary School, Harrogate
  • St Robert's RC Primary School, Harrogate
  • Staveley CP School
  • Sutton in Craven CE Primary School
  • Sutton in Craven CP School
  • The Dales School, Morton on Swale
  • Thornton in Craven CP School
  • Upper Wharfedale School, Threshfield
  • Wavell Infants School, Catterick Garrison
  • Wavell Junior School, Catterick Garrison
  • Welburn Hall School, Kirkbymoorside
  • Western Primary School, Harrogate
  • Whitby College
  • Willow Tree CP School, Harrogate
  • Woodfield CJ School, Harrogate
  • Oatlands Junior School, Harrogate will open at 10.00 am today
  • Selby High School - open for A Level students only

8:54am

8:51am

8:49am

8:49am

Services on the buses around County Durham have been reduced due to the weather.

8:43am

Newcastle Airport is reporting some disruption due to snowy weather in the North-East and at destination airports.

Passengers are advised to check the airport's website for updates.

8:38am

Durham County Council's website also seems to be having problems. See 7.19am on this blog for an earlier list of school closures.

8:35am

Darlington Borough Council has cancelled its Monday market due to the bad weather.

8:34am

8:30am

8:29am

8:24am

Other roads suffering disruption this morning are the A171 ay Guisborough, the A171 at Stokesley and the A174 Brotton bypass, where there has been an accident. There are also reports of delays on the A1 through County Durham.

8:14am

Reports are coming in of problems on the A174 at Middlesbrough due to a car colliding with the central reservation.

8:12am

8:07am

Darlington Borough Council are still saying they have no reports of any school closures.

8:06am

North Yorkshire County Council's website has crashed so full information is not yet available on school closures. Around 30 in the county are thought to be shut. Full list will be here as soon as we get it.

8:04am

The A170 is closed at Sutton Bank, as is the B1257 near Stokesley.

7:59am

The latest forecast from the Met Office for the North-East today.

Today:
Snow, heavy at times, throughout today will bring further significant accumulations. However, along the coast rain or sleet will fall, as temperatures struggle just above freezing. Everywhere will have a strong, bitter wind, bringing a risk of drifting snow inland. Maximum Temperature 2 °C.

Tonight:
Snow, and sleet along the coast, will continue and will still be heavy at times, producing further snow accumulations. Widespread ice on untreated surfaces. The wind will ease a little. Minimum Temperature -3 °C.

7:54am

7:51am

7:50am

Among the schools closed in North Yorkshire are Richmond School, Stokesley School, Lythe Primary and Lealholm Primary.

7:46am

Northumbria Police say there had been low temperatures and steady snowfall across the force area overnight.

All major roads are passable with care, but road users are urged to drive with care, police said.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We are expecting further snow across Monday and we will continue to have officers out in our communities supporting the public."

7:42am

7:35am

Here's a picture from Durham Police of the jack-knifed lorry in Lanchester

The Northern Echo: Lanchester

7:29am

7:27am

On the roads, the A66 is closed both ways between Bowes and Brough due to the snow.

Difficult conditions are also reported on the A169 between Pickering and Whitby and the A172 around Stokesley in North Yorkshire, and on the A691 at Lanchester in County Durham.

Keep up to date with the latest traffic news here.

7:23am

Darlington Borough Council's website is down, but no schools have notified the authority that they are closing yet.

7:16am

Morning everyone, hope you are all staying safe on this snowy Monday.

A number of schools around the region are already closed due to the bad weather.

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9:07am Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says...

Bit of a rant.

Makes me laugh when they say they are closing Schools due to bad weather. My point is, I can understand them closing Schools where Children have to travel via transport but when they close a village school where the kids can actually walk in is a joke! At the end of the day real people have to travel to get to work and can not take time off like THE TEACHERS CAN!
Bit of a rant. Makes me laugh when they say they are closing Schools due to bad weather. My point is, I can understand them closing Schools where Children have to travel via transport but when they close a village school where the kids can actually walk in is a joke! At the end of the day real people have to travel to get to work and can not take time off like THE TEACHERS CAN! Magic Steve
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9:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

lilboysmammy says...

the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them
the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them lilboysmammy
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9:45am Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says...

lilboysmammy wrote:
the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them
OK, I blame them!
[quote][p][bold]lilboysmammy[/bold] wrote: the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them[/p][/quote]OK, I blame them! Magic Steve
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9:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

miketually says...

lilboysmammy wrote:
the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them
It's the head teacher of the individual school who makes the decision, not the LEA.
[quote][p][bold]lilboysmammy[/bold] wrote: the teachers don't make the decision to close the school the l.e.a do, so blame them[/p][/quote]It's the head teacher of the individual school who makes the decision, not the LEA. miketually
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9:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

Voice-of-reality says...

One notes that independent schools usually remain open. Perhaps their Heads are made of sterner stuff or perhaps they value the importance of education more than their state counterparts.
One notes that independent schools usually remain open. Perhaps their Heads are made of sterner stuff or perhaps they value the importance of education more than their state counterparts. Voice-of-reality
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2:50pm Mon 21 Jan 13

me2earth says...

@ voice-of-reality, if i could give your comment a million thumbs up i would. Teachers are a pathetic breed,i remember when the heating broke down at my school in the late 90's during snow fall,we didn't get sent home we were told to keep our coats on and lessons went ahead as normal. Its pretty much any excuse for an extra day off now.
@ voice-of-reality, if i could give your comment a million thumbs up i would. Teachers are a pathetic breed,i remember when the heating broke down at my school in the late 90's during snow fall,we didn't get sent home we were told to keep our coats on and lessons went ahead as normal. Its pretty much any excuse for an extra day off now. me2earth
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3:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

stevegg says...

Its an absolute scandal in this day and age that schools close (whoevers to bliam for it) when everywhere else manages to stay open and their staff manage to get into work. Health and Safety is just an excuse. You have to take into account the disruption to parents, many of whom will have also to take time off work. Its high time that the dinosaur teachers unions were overhauled and brought into the modern age like almost all other unions have had to. Imagine what would have happenned if the teachers were made to reform their pay and working conditions as the police have had to forcibly undergo in the last 12 months with no industrial rights!
Its an absolute scandal in this day and age that schools close (whoevers to bliam for it) when everywhere else manages to stay open and their staff manage to get into work. Health and Safety is just an excuse. You have to take into account the disruption to parents, many of whom will have also to take time off work. Its high time that the dinosaur teachers unions were overhauled and brought into the modern age like almost all other unions have had to. Imagine what would have happenned if the teachers were made to reform their pay and working conditions as the police have had to forcibly undergo in the last 12 months with no industrial rights! stevegg
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3:26pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says...

If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!! fracker
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3:40pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says...

Why on Earth was Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough closed today? Pupils arrived as usual but were then sent away later.
It's actually been thawing in the area round the school all day, there is less snow now than first thing this morning.
Why on Earth was Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough closed today? Pupils arrived as usual but were then sent away later. It's actually been thawing in the area round the school all day, there is less snow now than first thing this morning. Motorhome owner
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3:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says...

fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
I don't think any of the above are Jokers! They are only stating a point as to why "Teachers are so special compared to people who have to work for a living!

Rant over.
[quote][p][bold]fracker[/bold] wrote: If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!![/p][/quote]I don't think any of the above are Jokers! They are only stating a point as to why "Teachers are so special compared to people who have to work for a living! Rant over. Magic Steve
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3:57pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says...

fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
Why should any compensation be payable? We live in a country where it snows in winter and we get ice because of low temperatures. We learn before ever going to school that snow and ice are slippery and we need to take care - and that it is our fault if we slip. It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves again instead of always looking for somebody to blame/sue.
[quote][p][bold]fracker[/bold] wrote: If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!![/p][/quote]Why should any compensation be payable? We live in a country where it snows in winter and we get ice because of low temperatures. We learn before ever going to school that snow and ice are slippery and we need to take care - and that it is our fault if we slip. It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves again instead of always looking for somebody to blame/sue. Motorhome owner
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4:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Magic Steve says...

Motorhome owner wrote:
fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
Why should any compensation be payable? We live in a country where it snows in winter and we get ice because of low temperatures. We learn before ever going to school that snow and ice are slippery and we need to take care - and that it is our fault if we slip. It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves again instead of always looking for somebody to blame/sue.
Well said!
[quote][p][bold]Motorhome owner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fracker[/bold] wrote: If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!![/p][/quote]Why should any compensation be payable? We live in a country where it snows in winter and we get ice because of low temperatures. We learn before ever going to school that snow and ice are slippery and we need to take care - and that it is our fault if we slip. It is about time people started taking responsibility for themselves again instead of always looking for somebody to blame/sue.[/p][/quote]Well said! Magic Steve
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4:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

stevegg says...

fracker wrote:
If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!!
So why dont the teaching unions move into the 21st century instead of clinging onto their 'our way or no way' mentalities??????? By the way were not jokers, just stating facts.
[quote][p][bold]fracker[/bold] wrote: If teachers or pupils were involved in accidents would you jokers pay the compensation,work can be e-mailed to pupils to keep them occupied,this is the 21st century you know!!![/p][/quote]So why dont the teaching unions move into the 21st century instead of clinging onto their 'our way or no way' mentalities??????? By the way were not jokers, just stating facts. stevegg
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4:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

A mazing says...

The truth hurts! Schools closing yet again...Suprise, Suprise!! Why when everytime we get some snow teachers decide to opt for the easy life and close schools???? Why should they get away with it in this day and age?? come on, get a grip its a bit of snow...nothing that a bit of dedication to work, careful planning and careful driving cant solve!! Absolutely ridiculous that teachers seem to think its too dangerous for them to carry out their duty, attend work and teach children as they're paid to do of course!!!! What if all of us working in hospitals decide its too dangerous to go to work??? people are neglected or die because theres no one there to care for them! Everytime teachers close schools they are stating to me that they do not consider childrens education to be that important to them and that it is beneath them to do what everyone else in the Country is doing, making their way to work regardless, now thats dedication! Well done to all who have made it safely to work and back in this white stuff! And teachers time someone shook you all up and showed you the real world!
The truth hurts! Schools closing yet again...Suprise, Suprise!! Why when everytime we get some snow teachers decide to opt for the easy life and close schools???? Why should they get away with it in this day and age?? come on, get a grip its a bit of snow...nothing that a bit of dedication to work, careful planning and careful driving cant solve!! Absolutely ridiculous that teachers seem to think its too dangerous for them to carry out their duty, attend work and teach children as they're paid to do of course!!!! What if all of us working in hospitals decide its too dangerous to go to work??? people are neglected or die because theres no one there to care for them! Everytime teachers close schools they are stating to me that they do not consider childrens education to be that important to them and that it is beneath them to do what everyone else in the Country is doing, making their way to work regardless, now thats dedication! Well done to all who have made it safely to work and back in this white stuff! And teachers time someone shook you all up and showed you the real world! A mazing
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5:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says...

Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!!
Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!! fracker
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5:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says...

Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!!
Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!! fracker
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5:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

frankyboy says...

Teachers don't decide to close the school, it is the decision of the Headteacher. Some of the schools will have had very few pupils turning up, and those that did may have had a problem getting home as the snow continued to fall most of the day. Bus companies themselves will decide to cancel their transport, leaving pupils at home perhaps with no way of getting to school.

There are more variables to consider than just 'lazy' teachers, who probably have nothing to do with the decision to close anyway.

And I'm not a teacher!
Teachers don't decide to close the school, it is the decision of the Headteacher. Some of the schools will have had very few pupils turning up, and those that did may have had a problem getting home as the snow continued to fall most of the day. Bus companies themselves will decide to cancel their transport, leaving pupils at home perhaps with no way of getting to school. There are more variables to consider than just 'lazy' teachers, who probably have nothing to do with the decision to close anyway. And I'm not a teacher! frankyboy
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5:38pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says...

fracker wrote:
Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!!
fracker wrote: "the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school"

Now whatever other reasons there might be, this is one that is totally invalid and totally unacceptable. When any of us takes a job in the real world, part of our contract is to make sure we live close enough so that we can get to work whatever the weather conditions (remember, snow and ice in winter are normal in this country). That applies even more so for teachers, who can't simply take a day's annual leave when they don't turn up (something they know before they take the job). Any teacher who fails to get to work because of the distance between where they choose to live and to work should lose a day's pay and if they continue to default they should be dismissed.
[quote][p][bold]fracker[/bold] wrote: Amazing, don't you or the other jokers read peoples comments properly,the schools are closed because there would be trouble with healthand safety wether you think there should be or not ,those are facts as well.As i said pupils will not suffer teachers will make sure no work is missed.Teachers do live in the real world that's why they have to consider childrens safety first,and also.in village schools most of the pupils are near t hand but many live out in the countryside and the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school,how about you jokers entering thee real world before opening your mouthes!!!![/p][/quote]fracker wrote: "the teachers may live many miles away,and may be stopped by closed roads in getting to school" Now whatever other reasons there might be, this is one that is totally invalid and totally unacceptable. When any of us takes a job in the real world, part of our contract is to make sure we live close enough so that we can get to work whatever the weather conditions (remember, snow and ice in winter are normal in this country). That applies even more so for teachers, who can't simply take a day's annual leave when they don't turn up (something they know before they take the job). Any teacher who fails to get to work because of the distance between where they choose to live and to work should lose a day's pay and if they continue to default they should be dismissed. Motorhome owner
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6:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says...

Motorhomeowner,Are you kidding everyone has to make sure they live close to their job,what about all the commuters in the country.You can't commpensate a teacher ,what about if a teacher is in an accident,sick money to pay,paying a stand in teacher ,and if the police and rac,aa,tell you to stay at home ,but the school insist pupils must go to school and some pupils are involved in accidents,their parents will just do nothing?
Motorhomeowner,Are you kidding everyone has to make sure they live close to their job,what about all the commuters in the country.You can't commpensate a teacher ,what about if a teacher is in an accident,sick money to pay,paying a stand in teacher ,and if the police and rac,aa,tell you to stay at home ,but the school insist pupils must go to school and some pupils are involved in accidents,their parents will just do nothing? fracker
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6:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says...

What about all the commuters? They are commuters because they want to be. Nobody forces them to live sofar from their work so it is up to them to make sure they do so responsibly.
As for the spurious compensation argument see my earlier comment - people need to take responsibility for themselves not simply pass the buck.
What about all the commuters? They are commuters because they want to be. Nobody forces them to live sofar from their work so it is up to them to make sure they do so responsibly. As for the spurious compensation argument see my earlier comment - people need to take responsibility for themselves not simply pass the buck. Motorhome owner
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6:49pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fracker says...

Magic Steve, Are teachers special compared to people who have to work,i don't think you have a clue about teaching ,you couldn't cope with all the work involved,the job doesn't stop when the kids go home,and contrary to the popular misconception,they don't get the same holidays as pupils either. What good would it do if a pupil had an accident,missed a lot of time of school damaging their education,then you watch the news,and the police tell you not to travel,what is more important,your health,or a few days of school.
Magic Steve, Are teachers special compared to people who have to work,i don't think you have a clue about teaching ,you couldn't cope with all the work involved,the job doesn't stop when the kids go home,and contrary to the popular misconception,they don't get the same holidays as pupils either. What good would it do if a pupil had an accident,missed a lot of time of school damaging their education,then you watch the news,and the police tell you not to travel,what is more important,your health,or a few days of school. fracker
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7:03pm Mon 21 Jan 13

spragger says...

Shocking how many schools are closed. The NUT & NASUWT have the taxpayers by the short & curlies. I can only remember one day when schools were closed in the past.
- The 'real' winter of 1963.
Shocking how many schools are closed. The NUT & NASUWT have the taxpayers by the short & curlies. I can only remember one day when schools were closed in the past. - The 'real' winter of 1963. spragger
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7:54pm Mon 21 Jan 13

IanfromCrook says...

Usual reason for a school to shut is lack of staff. In years gone by BT(before thatcher) people found work near to their family base. That goes for teachers ....... now they often travel many times the distance than the furthest pupils.
It no longer seems a factor in deciding who gets a job Commuter Madness negatively impacts on lots of areas. Lack of job prospects then and now serves to fuel this madness as does the lack of decent affordable housing all over.
Usual reason for a school to shut is lack of staff. In years gone by BT(before thatcher) people found work near to their family base. That goes for teachers ....... now they often travel many times the distance than the furthest pupils. It no longer seems a factor in deciding who gets a job Commuter Madness negatively impacts on lots of areas. Lack of job prospects then and now serves to fuel this madness as does the lack of decent affordable housing all over. IanfromCrook
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7:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Longbowman666 says...

Isn't it 'amazing' how when something like this happens all the old chestnuts come out? 'Ee, when I were a lad we 'ad to put 'ats 'an coats on 'an get on 'wi it!" Where were some of you educated at, Dotheboys Hall with Mr Squeers as your teacher?

And even if you did do as some of you say, did it make it right? Did your education benefit from this approach, or do you recall it with a less than nostalgic shiver?

I'm not a teacher. I am a parent, who does indeed believe that an education is vital, but reading some of the comments I've seen here makes me despair. Do you lot honestly believe that the decision to close a school is made just because the teachers want a day off? Oh, yes, I forgot, it's because they're lazy etc etc!

In case anyone hadn't noticed a very good example of why such decisions get made happened today. In Wales a school bus slid off the road and into a ditch, due to the snow / ice conditions. Luckily no-one was hurt, but the result could have well been very different. Think of the parents of those children when they were informed and how they must have felt, thinking the 'what if' scenario? What if they'd been injured? What if they'd died? What if the school had been closed, or I'd not let them go?

I might also add that even if the schools manage to open, don't you think that it should be the parents who should judge whether it is safe for their children to get to school, or safe to come back? Yes I want them educated, but I also want them safe.

And it is interesting to see how a viewpoint can alter depending upon the situation. On one hand you might read a headline that tells you of a person's struggle to get to work, and you might say 'well done, good for you'. Equally, if that person is reported as having to be rescued from a snowdrift by the emergency services you might say 'well, if they'd stopped at home that wouldn't have happened'

So, when you make such ill-informed and nostalgia driven judgements perhaps you might like to think a bit first. Yes, we know that nurses etc do go to great lengths to ensure their patients are looked after, but if they do become trapped by snow in a hospital then at least they are able to (and have done so) bed down there, with some resources. What resources would a teacher have, if they too can't get home?

Dickens's world was a long time ago and now resides in books...let it stay there!
Isn't it 'amazing' how when something like this happens all the old chestnuts come out? 'Ee, when I were a lad we 'ad to put 'ats 'an coats on 'an get on 'wi it!" Where were some of you educated at, Dotheboys Hall with Mr Squeers as your teacher? And even if you did do as some of you say, did it make it right? Did your education benefit from this approach, or do you recall it with a less than nostalgic shiver? I'm not a teacher. I am a parent, who does indeed believe that an education is vital, but reading some of the comments I've seen here makes me despair. Do you lot honestly believe that the decision to close a school is made just because the teachers want a day off? Oh, yes, I forgot, it's because they're lazy etc etc! In case anyone hadn't noticed a very good example of why such decisions get made happened today. In Wales a school bus slid off the road and into a ditch, due to the snow / ice conditions. Luckily no-one was hurt, but the result could have well been very different. Think of the parents of those children when they were informed and how they must have felt, thinking the 'what if' scenario? What if they'd been injured? What if they'd died? What if the school had been closed, or I'd not let them go? I might also add that even if the schools manage to open, don't you think that it should be the parents who should judge whether it is safe for their children to get to school, or safe to come back? Yes I want them educated, but I also want them safe. And it is interesting to see how a viewpoint can alter depending upon the situation. On one hand you might read a headline that tells you of a person's struggle to get to work, and you might say 'well done, good for you'. Equally, if that person is reported as having to be rescued from a snowdrift by the emergency services you might say 'well, if they'd stopped at home that wouldn't have happened' So, when you make such ill-informed and nostalgia driven judgements perhaps you might like to think a bit first. Yes, we know that nurses etc do go to great lengths to ensure their patients are looked after, but if they do become trapped by snow in a hospital then at least they are able to (and have done so) bed down there, with some resources. What resources would a teacher have, if they too can't get home? Dickens's world was a long time ago and now resides in books...let it stay there! Longbowman666
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8:33pm Mon 21 Jan 13

spragger says...

So whilst off these kids are travelling miles to all sorts of hills for sledging.
Parents are transporting them in CARS. Which teachers find difficult to drive.
They are sledging down hills slamming into each other, falling off, running into barbed wire in the fences.
Which is more 'dangerous'?

If we had a choice we would use our money, boycott the closed schools and pay for the ones who can bother to teach.
Never have so many been conned by so few.
- If they were not paid watch them turn up
So whilst off these kids are travelling miles to all sorts of hills for sledging. Parents are transporting them in CARS. Which teachers find difficult to drive. They are sledging down hills slamming into each other, falling off, running into barbed wire in the fences. Which is more 'dangerous'? If we had a choice we would use our money, boycott the closed schools and pay for the ones who can bother to teach. Never have so many been conned by so few. - If they were not paid watch them turn up spragger
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8:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

IanfromCrook says...

Longbowman666 wrote:
Isn't it 'amazing' how when something like this happens all the old chestnuts come out? 'Ee, when I were a lad we 'ad to put 'ats 'an coats on 'an get on 'wi it!" Where were some of you educated at, Dotheboys Hall with Mr Squeers as your teacher?

And even if you did do as some of you say, did it make it right? Did your education benefit from this approach, or do you recall it with a less than nostalgic shiver?

I'm not a teacher. I am a parent, who does indeed believe that an education is vital, but reading some of the comments I've seen here makes me despair. Do you lot honestly believe that the decision to close a school is made just because the teachers want a day off? Oh, yes, I forgot, it's because they're lazy etc etc!

In case anyone hadn't noticed a very good example of why such decisions get made happened today. In Wales a school bus slid off the road and into a ditch, due to the snow / ice conditions. Luckily no-one was hurt, but the result could have well been very different. Think of the parents of those children when they were informed and how they must have felt, thinking the 'what if' scenario? What if they'd been injured? What if they'd died? What if the school had been closed, or I'd not let them go?

I might also add that even if the schools manage to open, don't you think that it should be the parents who should judge whether it is safe for their children to get to school, or safe to come back? Yes I want them educated, but I also want them safe.

And it is interesting to see how a viewpoint can alter depending upon the situation. On one hand you might read a headline that tells you of a person's struggle to get to work, and you might say 'well done, good for you'. Equally, if that person is reported as having to be rescued from a snowdrift by the emergency services you might say 'well, if they'd stopped at home that wouldn't have happened'

So, when you make such ill-informed and nostalgia driven judgements perhaps you might like to think a bit first. Yes, we know that nurses etc do go to great lengths to ensure their patients are looked after, but if they do become trapped by snow in a hospital then at least they are able to (and have done so) bed down there, with some resources. What resources would a teacher have, if they too can't get home?

Dickens's world was a long time ago and now resides in books...let it stay there!
I do not say they are lazy. I say they live too far away. My point is valid, my son is abroad teaching for a while. When he touched down it was minus 27 and has now reached the heights of minus 8, with snow landing on the runway and roads. Is there closures.........nop
e. Do the staff live near........yes. Incidentally they have a very hot summer .. I would have mentioned Sweden, Iceland, Norway but the defence would be that these countries are used to it..
People do not want accidents happening but it is laughable to other countries that the UK falls apart. If the family and community is so important to politicians there actions over the last 35 years indicates the opposite.
[quote][p][bold]Longbowman666[/bold] wrote: Isn't it 'amazing' how when something like this happens all the old chestnuts come out? 'Ee, when I were a lad we 'ad to put 'ats 'an coats on 'an get on 'wi it!" Where were some of you educated at, Dotheboys Hall with Mr Squeers as your teacher? And even if you did do as some of you say, did it make it right? Did your education benefit from this approach, or do you recall it with a less than nostalgic shiver? I'm not a teacher. I am a parent, who does indeed believe that an education is vital, but reading some of the comments I've seen here makes me despair. Do you lot honestly believe that the decision to close a school is made just because the teachers want a day off? Oh, yes, I forgot, it's because they're lazy etc etc! In case anyone hadn't noticed a very good example of why such decisions get made happened today. In Wales a school bus slid off the road and into a ditch, due to the snow / ice conditions. Luckily no-one was hurt, but the result could have well been very different. Think of the parents of those children when they were informed and how they must have felt, thinking the 'what if' scenario? What if they'd been injured? What if they'd died? What if the school had been closed, or I'd not let them go? I might also add that even if the schools manage to open, don't you think that it should be the parents who should judge whether it is safe for their children to get to school, or safe to come back? Yes I want them educated, but I also want them safe. And it is interesting to see how a viewpoint can alter depending upon the situation. On one hand you might read a headline that tells you of a person's struggle to get to work, and you might say 'well done, good for you'. Equally, if that person is reported as having to be rescued from a snowdrift by the emergency services you might say 'well, if they'd stopped at home that wouldn't have happened' So, when you make such ill-informed and nostalgia driven judgements perhaps you might like to think a bit first. Yes, we know that nurses etc do go to great lengths to ensure their patients are looked after, but if they do become trapped by snow in a hospital then at least they are able to (and have done so) bed down there, with some resources. What resources would a teacher have, if they too can't get home? Dickens's world was a long time ago and now resides in books...let it stay there![/p][/quote]I do not say they are lazy. I say they live too far away. My point is valid, my son is abroad teaching for a while. When he touched down it was minus 27 and has now reached the heights of minus 8, with snow landing on the runway and roads. Is there closures.........nop e. Do the staff live near........yes. Incidentally they have a very hot summer .. I would have mentioned Sweden, Iceland, Norway but the defence would be that these countries are used to it.. People do not want accidents happening but it is laughable to other countries that the UK falls apart. If the family and community is so important to politicians there actions over the last 35 years indicates the opposite. IanfromCrook
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9:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

diga says...

Could the teachers not go to the closest school, if they are able to, to help out? That would help parents who have to work so they don't have to find child care at the last minute.
Could the teachers not go to the closest school, if they are able to, to help out? That would help parents who have to work so they don't have to find child care at the last minute. diga
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10:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

A mazing says...

spragger wrote:
So whilst off these kids are travelling miles to all sorts of hills for sledging.
Parents are transporting them in CARS. Which teachers find difficult to drive.
They are sledging down hills slamming into each other, falling off, running into barbed wire in the fences.
Which is more 'dangerous'?

If we had a choice we would use our money, boycott the closed schools and pay for the ones who can bother to teach.
Never have so many been conned by so few.
- If they were not paid watch them turn up
There are ways around closing schools I am very sure of that, just no one can be bothered to sort it! Teachers and heads should be penalised financially for closing schools due to usual winter weather; Just as us parents would be if we decided to take children out of school for holidays as apparently that's missing valuable learning time regardless of the reason for missing it. Can I just add that the year before last my children missed 2 weeks of school due to snow and the schools closing & NO extra work was provided to make sure they didnt get behind or miss out. Spragger totally agree with your comments above. So many children have been badly injured playing in the snow, some may have been avoided had they been at school
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: So whilst off these kids are travelling miles to all sorts of hills for sledging. Parents are transporting them in CARS. Which teachers find difficult to drive. They are sledging down hills slamming into each other, falling off, running into barbed wire in the fences. Which is more 'dangerous'? If we had a choice we would use our money, boycott the closed schools and pay for the ones who can bother to teach. Never have so many been conned by so few. - If they were not paid watch them turn up[/p][/quote]There are ways around closing schools I am very sure of that, just no one can be bothered to sort it! Teachers and heads should be penalised financially for closing schools due to usual winter weather; Just as us parents would be if we decided to take children out of school for holidays as apparently that's missing valuable learning time regardless of the reason for missing it. Can I just add that the year before last my children missed 2 weeks of school due to snow and the schools closing & NO extra work was provided to make sure they didnt get behind or miss out. Spragger totally agree with your comments above. So many children have been badly injured playing in the snow, some may have been avoided had they been at school A mazing
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10:48pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bishop1 says...

no work no pay , like it is for the rest of us in the real world
no work no pay , like it is for the rest of us in the real world bishop1
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11:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Longbowman666 says...

So none of you as a kid ever fell out of a tree, rolled down a hill, scraped your knee, fell off a sled? Yes, guess what, hold the front page, kids do sometimes hurt themselves!

There is, however, a world of difference between these things and a car / bus crash where the vehicles slide on snow and ice, or where pupils can't get to schools due to distance and become stranded. Ah, but in your day you all walked 5 miles in the terrible winter of 1963 (which as we all know was the only winter that we've ever really had...) and never had a day off (not even a sneaky one to play in the snow)

Today I battled through the snow both there and back (walking, as I don't drive) to the local primary school, (which had managed to open), with my nine year old daughter, in the teeth of a blizzard there and back. With the deluge of snow we've had today, I have now judged that even if, by some miracle the school opens, I will not be taking her, as today was hell enough for us both and I'm not willing to put her through that again. Does that make me lazy etc, or does it make me a sensible parent with a sense of responsibility?

A mazing - out of curiosity, did you ever ask the school if they would set work for them? My child was off ill and I asked them to do so, and they did.

Penalising teachers financially - so you advocate a system whereby even if the weather is atrocious that they must get in to work. And if that person has a serious accident on their way to work or coming back, because they are so scared of losing money, which results in their injury or death, then how would rate it a success?

As for the distance / work issue - once again the world has changed, Decades ago teachers in village schools did live in their locality, but not anymore, no more than all of the children do. There is no difference between them and any other person who has to travel a distance. Yes, I do agree that we can learn from other countries and how things are done, but this is now, not the past or the future, and people will cope as best they can, including the teachers!
So none of you as a kid ever fell out of a tree, rolled down a hill, scraped your knee, fell off a sled? Yes, guess what, hold the front page, kids do sometimes hurt themselves! There is, however, a world of difference between these things and a car / bus crash where the vehicles slide on snow and ice, or where pupils can't get to schools due to distance and become stranded. Ah, but in your day you all walked 5 miles in the terrible winter of 1963 (which as we all know was the only winter that we've ever really had...) and never had a day off (not even a sneaky one to play in the snow) Today I battled through the snow both there and back (walking, as I don't drive) to the local primary school, (which had managed to open), with my nine year old daughter, in the teeth of a blizzard there and back. With the deluge of snow we've had today, I have now judged that even if, by some miracle the school opens, I will not be taking her, as today was hell enough for us both and I'm not willing to put her through that again. Does that make me lazy etc, or does it make me a sensible parent with a sense of responsibility? A mazing - out of curiosity, did you ever ask the school if they would set work for them? My child was off ill and I asked them to do so, and they did. Penalising teachers financially - so you advocate a system whereby even if the weather is atrocious that they must get in to work. And if that person has a serious accident on their way to work or coming back, because they are so scared of losing money, which results in their injury or death, then how would rate it a success? As for the distance / work issue - once again the world has changed, Decades ago teachers in village schools did live in their locality, but not anymore, no more than all of the children do. There is no difference between them and any other person who has to travel a distance. Yes, I do agree that we can learn from other countries and how things are done, but this is now, not the past or the future, and people will cope as best they can, including the teachers! Longbowman666
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8:37am Tue 22 Jan 13

glyn says...

If individual pupils cannot get in from remote villages their parents should explain this to the school and then if need be make arrangements to look after their children whether this is by the child's parents, neighbours or friends. Why should the majority be inconvenienced by the few?

I will tell you why.

Look on the social network and teachers are leaving comments cheering and laughing because they have the day (days) off.

This is just an excuse for a day off shopping or in the pub.

Please look before you reply deriding this comment.”
If individual pupils cannot get in from remote villages their parents should explain this to the school and then if need be make arrangements to look after their children whether this is by the child's parents, neighbours or friends. Why should the majority be inconvenienced by the few? I will tell you why. Look on the social network and teachers are leaving comments cheering and laughing because they have the day (days) off. This is just an excuse for a day off shopping or in the pub. Please look before you reply deriding this comment.” glyn
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9:15am Tue 22 Jan 13

mark.wilkinson says...

It's disgraceful that the schools shut at the first sign of snow.

Get on with it for gods sake. Our kids are going to grow up like real wimps.

Typical teachers taking the pi$$ again and going for the easy option. Another day off!....Ohh it's snowin,g let's shut the gates and go back to bed. Shirking fcukers that they are.
It's disgraceful that the schools shut at the first sign of snow. Get on with it for gods sake. Our kids are going to grow up like real wimps. Typical teachers taking the pi$$ again and going for the easy option. Another day off!....Ohh it's snowin,g let's shut the gates and go back to bed. Shirking fcukers that they are. mark.wilkinson
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12:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

burgardsi says...

just before I looked at the bank draft which was of $4229, I have faith that my cousin was like actualey making money parttime on their apple labtop.. there moms best frend started doing this 4 only 22 months and just repaid the loans on their condo and bourt themselves a Cadillac. we looked here, FAB33.COM
just before I looked at the bank draft which was of $4229, I have faith that my cousin was like actualey making money parttime on their apple labtop.. there moms best frend started doing this 4 only 22 months and just repaid the loans on their condo and bourt themselves a Cadillac. we looked here, FAB33.COM burgardsi
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1:02pm Wed 23 Jan 13

burgardsi says...

If you think Bruce`s story is super,, a month-ago my uncle's step daughter got paid $9228 working a fourty hour month an their house and the're classmate's mother-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for seven months and brought home more than $9228 parttime from their laptop. follow the guide on this link... FAB33.COM
If you think Bruce`s story is super,, a month-ago my uncle's step daughter got paid $9228 working a fourty hour month an their house and the're classmate's mother-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for seven months and brought home more than $9228 parttime from their laptop. follow the guide on this link... FAB33.COM burgardsi
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5:10pm Fri 25 Jan 13

robbiejay says...

Teachers are wimps, they claim to be the worst done-to profession but are completely detached from the real world. I despise their outlook and attitude and wonder how long they would survive in any different employment. The day I phone my boss and say "Sorry, it's snowing, I can't come to work" is the day I head to the job centre.

I have teacher friends on social networking sites and they all rejoice when they get a day off.
Teachers are wimps, they claim to be the worst done-to profession but are completely detached from the real world. I despise their outlook and attitude and wonder how long they would survive in any different employment. The day I phone my boss and say "Sorry, it's snowing, I can't come to work" is the day I head to the job centre. I have teacher friends on social networking sites and they all rejoice when they get a day off. robbiejay
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