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School closures across Lincolnshire following further snow

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

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More snow overnight has led to school closures across Lincolnshire today.

Around 10cm of snow has fallen across the county and many schools have so far announced that they will not be opening. They are:

  • Barkston and Syston CofE PS

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  • Binbrook CofE PS
  • Boston John Fielding Special School
  • Bourne Willoughby School
  • Butterwick Pinchbeck's CofE PS
  • Caistor Yarborough Academy
  • Colsterworth CofE PS
  • Cranwell PS
  • Denton CofE School
  • Digby CofE School
  • Digby The Tedder PS
  • Donington The Thomas Cowley High School
  • Gipsey Bridge PS
  • Grantham Belmont PS
  • Grantham Gonerby Hill Foot CofE PS
  • Grantham Walton Girls' High School
  • Great Ponton CofE School
  • Great Steeping PS
  • Harlaxton CofE PS
  • HHPS
  • Horncastle PS
  • Ingoldsby PS
  • Keelby PS
  • Kirkby-on-Bain CofE PS
  • Legsby PS
  • Lincoln The Sincil School
  • Louth Eastfield Infants' and NS
  • Louth Monks' Dyke Tennyson College
  • Louth St Bernard's School
  • Louth St Michael's CofE PS
  • Metheringham PS
  • New Leake PS
  • New York PS
  • North Scarle PS

  • Old Leake Primary and NS
  • Partney CofE Aided PS
  • Ropsley CofE PS
  • Skegness Grammar School
  • Spilsby PS
  • Spilsby The Eresby School
  • Spilsby The King Edward VI Humanities College
  • Spilsby The Lady Jane Franklin School
  • Stamford Saint Augustine's Catholic PS
  • Stickney Primary School
  • Sutton-on-Sea PS
  • Tattershall Primary School

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  • S_Morrissey  |  January 22 2013, 8:55AM

    Well now you're changing the whole argument and still failing to address the core issue - that people (including teachers) living further away from their work causes problems in bad weather. That was the core point I was trying to make - not that teachers are lazy or that parents shouldn't look after their own kids (I happen to agree that one parent should stay at home if at all possible) but that car ownership has led people (including teachers) to choose to live many miles away from their workplace, and, as cars are rubbish in bad weather, this contributes to the chaos a bit of snow brings. Note in my original comment I mentioned, not just teachers, but train drivers too - this is because many train cancellations are caused not by problems with the trains themselves, but by staff not being able to get to work because they live too far away.

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  • screenman  |  January 22 2013, 6:57AM

    Because I only personally know of 5 teachers that is all I can base my FACTS! on, anything else like you are talking about would be guesses. I think it is time when we made it possible for parents to stay at home until children are at an age to fend for themselves, not rely on the schools to be child minders. And you will find that even in the schools that are closed the majority of teachers are still there working, of course that idea does not fit in with your facts does it.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  January 21 2013, 10:49PM

    So your sample of 5 teachers is definitive is it? I thought you were pretending to be interested only in facts! Anyone who bases arguments on "people I know" deserves to be ignored. The fact remains that there is a generally increased propensity for people to live further away from their workplaces than ever before, and this causes problems in bad weather. Where's the controversy in that statement? Other countries somehow manage to keep their schools open during bad weather - why can't we?

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  • screenman  |  January 21 2013, 10:42PM

    You just cannot leave the teacher bit alone can you, what proof do you have of teachers living 50 miles from work. None of the 5 I know of live anything like that distance.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  January 21 2013, 10:40PM

    Hmm. And just what constitutes 'the drop of a hat', may one ask? I sense a modicum of exagerration and abuse of argument .... Somewhere between 800 and 1400 students, say (not at all uncommon at a secondary school in this area, maybe more), all out and about the school on its ice rink approaches / other outside areas at precisely the same time and virtually none with an adult approach to risk would not be my idea of a safe environment. One only had to see the effect of the snow on Lincoln's roads this morning to know that there's a very real risk of schools having far more pupils attending than adults to supervise - and almost certainly difficulty over meals. Then, should there be very severe weather during the day, there would be a real chance that it may not be possible for 'bussed' students to get home .... and then what? One Sleaford bus company didn't take out its busses today ... And, despite what the first contributor had to say, it's certain that a decision to close is not taken lightly - and as for suggesting teachers must live close to schools, that contribution simply deserves to be ignored - so I'll do just that. So maybe we should just accept that those who know and manage our schools are best placed to make the necessary judgements, are aware of their 'duty of care' to both pupils and staff, and let them get on with it without simplistic and uninformed criticism.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  January 21 2013, 9:06PM

    Look, the overriding point here is that we have a school system that seems to crumble at the first sign of snow. If the problem is the safety of kids getting to schools, then we need better school bus systems and better pedestrian access to schools. And if the problem is teachers living miles away from their work, then we need to tackle that. After all, why shouldn't teachers be a part of the community they serve, rather than parachuting in from 50 miles away? Unfortunately, the availability of cheap personal transport has led people to believe that it's somehow normal to live 50 miles away from your place of work, when in fact it's a weird and unsustainable way to live. Cars are a pretty un-robust form of transport that fold at the first sign of bad weather, so for our public services and our economy to be so reliant on them is a very bad idea. We should strive to make our public services and our economy as robust as possible - a system where everything falls apart after a couple of inches of snow just isn't acceptable.

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  • screenman  |  January 21 2013, 8:40PM

    Not scared just inconvenienced, think about it if you can. You must have disliked your teachers at school.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  January 21 2013, 7:47PM

    Seriously - teachers live away from school because they're scared of the pupils?? What scary, messed-up world are you living in?

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  • screenman  |  January 21 2013, 5:59PM

    Oh! forgot this bit, why do teachers live away from work, well for many reasons amongst many is being targeted by vandals etc. Where their partner my work may also have an effect also, I could of course go on and on.

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  • screenman  |  January 21 2013, 5:56PM

    S, you picked up on the one bit that suited you most, the one bit that is mainly myth, the one bit that is just pure gossip, the one bit that is bought up time and time again by people who think teachers have an easy time. You did fail to even read I suspect this part. "The over-riding decision to close a school is made on the basis of child welfare, according to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). This includes a number of considerations, but focuses on whether children can get to and from school safely, whether the site is safe and whether there are enough staff to supervise youngsters. Health and safety is given a high priority in law, according to Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) so potentially hazardous conditions such as a playground that has turned into an ice-rink or insufficient heating can also be a factor." I am not a teacher I am a self employed person within the motor trade who suffers along with others like me in this weather. The reason I replied to your post is because I like facts, not fiction.

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