Schools to shut early amid heavy snow fears

PUBLISHED: 20:32 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:02 28 February 2018

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Fears of heavy snowfall has seen schools announce they will close early tomorrow (Thursday).

Worle SchoolWorle School

Worle and Priory schools will shut at lunchtime before the worst of the weather is due to hit.

A spokesman said: “We will close on Thursday at 12.25pm.

“A limited lunch will be available for all students requiring this. Buses will leave school at 1pm.

“We are mindful of the need to keep students and staff safe due to the extreme weather conditions being forecasted.”

No decision about opening on Friday has been announced at this stage.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning ahead of snowfall tomorrow.

However, Worlebury St Paul’s Primary School has already decided to close the school tomorrow (Thursday) completely.

MORE: Snow falls in Weston-super-Mare – see pictures here.

Backwell School will close at 1.30pm and buses will transport the children home as normal.

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

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

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

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

In Hewish, St Anne’s Primary School will also shut early, with pupils being allowed to leave at 1pm.

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

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

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

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

* Keep an eye on the Mercury’s website for the very latest snow-related news and any further disruption.

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