Saturday, 20 August 2022

Schools and college closed due to snow

Schools and college closed due to snow

SCHOOLS across South Oxfordshire and The Henley College are closed today (Thursday).

Snow is fell this morning and is set to become more persistent and heavy throughout the day with blizzards possible in the wake of Storm Emma.

It is bitterly cold with temperatures unlikely to get above -1C during the day and the Met Office predicts it will fall again tonight to around -4C.   

The current conditions and severe weather forecast has led some headteachers to tell their pupils to stay at home.

A statement on The Henley College website said it is shut today due to the “severe weather forecast”.  

Meanwhile, Gillotts School opened this morning but made the decision to close at 11.30am due to the "worsening weather conditions". Schools buses and taxis will be collecting children from this time.

Year 11 mock French speaking and listening exams, due to take place this afternoon, have been rearranged.

Trinity Primary School, in Vicarage Road, has said parents can pick up their children from 1.30pm and there will be no after school clubs. Valley Road School and Sacred Heart School, in Greys Hill, will close at 1pm.

Elsewhere, The Piggott School and Robert Piggott Junior and Infant Schools, in Wargrave, are closed, along with Charvil Piggott Primary and Crazies Hill Primary.

Chiltern Edge School and Bishopswood Special School, both in Sonning Common, Highdown School in Emmer Green and Frieth School have also shut their doors in the interests of staff and pupil safety.

South Stoke and Stoke Row Primary are also both closed, while Shiplake Primary School will close at 1pm. 

Watlington Primary School will close at 1.15pm.

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Pictures: Mandy Huggins, David Tyldesley and David Woodward

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