Snow problems begin to ease across Norfolk

Children play in the snow at Sheringham Primary School, which has not closed because of bad weather for more than 20 years. Children play in the snow at Sheringham Primary School, which has not closed because of bad weather for more than 20 years.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
7:45 AM

Just five schools are closed in Norfolk and one in north Suffolk this morning, with another 13 still making special provisions for snow and ice.

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The Rosebery Short Stay School For Norfolk, in King’s Lynn, is closed due to compacted snow and ice makes its site unsafe. It is hoped some clearing and salting today will hopefully see the school open again tomorrow.

Redgate Junior School in Hunstanton is closed due to dangerous road conditions around the school, as is Reedham Primary, where the school site is still considered too dangerous.

The Locksley Short Stay School For Norfolk, in Locksley Road, Norwich is also closed.

While North Walsham High School is closed except for students taking their GCSE Biology exam, as the school currently has no electricity or heating. Teaching staff are still expected to report to the school as usual however.

Chapel Road School in Norwich will be open to pupils between 10am and 2pm to allow safe travelling time, although staff are expected in at normal time.

Duchy Of Lancaster Primary School in Thetford is opening at 10am to allow for boiler testing of boiler, with pupils advised to dress warmly.

Fakenham Infant & Nursery School will be open between 9.30am and 2.30pm, although its children’s centre daycare will open at 9am, and Fakenham Junior School will open between 9.30am and 2.30pm to allow for safe travel.

Forncett St Peter Primary is opening at 10am but staff are being asked to arrive as close as possible to normal school opening times.

Stoke Holy Cross Primary will open at 10am, as will Thetford Academy, except for students taking exams who need to arrive at normal times.

Thurton Primary will open at 10.30am for all families who can safely get to school and Wymondham High Academy will open to pupils at 9.45am for registration and buses will arrive one hour later to collect pupils accordingly, although exams will start at 9am as planned.

Corpusty Primary School, near Holt, will open at 10am, Sedgeford Primary is open from 9.15am for registration at 9.30am, to allow staff time to travel safely to site.

Seething & Mundham Primary is open from 10am to allow for safe journeys, with staff to arrive as soon as possible.

While in Lowestoft heating problems have forced Meadow Primary to close but St Mary’s Primary will be open at 10am, and Benjamin Britten High School is open as normal and will be going ahead with GCSe exams for its year 11 pupils as planned.

Meanwhile, traffic on the roads and public transport has been largely back to normal as well this morning.

Norwich International Airport had to cancel its 6.20am KLM flight to Amsterdam due to “adverse weather conditions” in Holland.

Signalling problems in London saw the 7.05am Norwich to London Liverpool Street train cancelled by Greater Anglia, but there have been no further problems on the service.

While major roads have remained busy and slow-moving in some places, there have been few crashes so far this morning.

- See today’s Eastern Daily Press for more information about the decisions which led to more than 500 schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire closing due to the wintry weather in the last week, as well as how the snow has hit retail sales and how our food supplies are secured.

14 comments

  • I can never remember in all my years in the 1950s the schools I attended closing because of snow or bad weather. Our teachers and pupils all arrived, we made slides in the playgrounds and nobody got sued. There is probably more danger from going to Mousehold Heath and sledging down the hill or playing in the snow in the streets than there would be attending school especially local schools in the city.

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    mike smith

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • So how come all the schools that closed yesterday can now open today? No snow has melted, the roads, and pathways are still the same as they were on Monday.

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • there is a big article saying electricity cuts in north walsham!!!!teachers are also going in so noone can moan at them either.

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    kaz

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • @ mike smith - That`s when teaching used to be a vocation not as it is nowadays, just another job.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Correct date. I accept temporary closures of small schools in rural Norfolk, away from main roads. On MONDAY two out of three large Norwich primary schools not far from me were open. The one which was shut has the worst school run parking and drop offs of the three.

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    Capri

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The penny has finally dropped with teachers. Get yourselves to work like the rest of the country, even if that means getting up a bit earlier and getting home a bit later.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • All these lost days must be added to the school term. Two more days for every one closed. That would sort it out. In all my school days not one school ever closed. This country has gone soft.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • the high school has been shut because of bad weather conditions electricity only went off this morning and engineers are working on it now they can't go any quicker than that!!!

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    kaz

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • the high school has been shut because of bad weather conditions electricity only went off this morning and engineers are working on it now they can't go any quicker than that!!!

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    kaz

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • KeithS, the answer is in the article "the school currently has no electricity or heating".

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    AE

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Couldn't agere more BG. Still, another half term soon!

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    Maria

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • AE - there's no power cut in town so why do they have no electricity or heating (I can read thanks)? They haven't been open since Wednesday last week so it could have been fixed in plenty of time. It smells of the fact they have no head teacher to make the decision.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The town has electricity and gas, the roads are clear (people are going to work in the city etc) and the shops are open....so why is North Walsham high school shut?

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I accept temporary closures of small schools in rural Norfolk, away from main roads. On Tuesday two out of three large Norwich primary schools not far from me were open. The one which was shut has the worst school run parking and drop offs of the three.

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    Capri

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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