Snow problems begin to ease across Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 07:45 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:01 22 January 2013

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.


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.

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.

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