St Helens wakes up to more snow as cold snap continues

St Helens Star: St Helens wakes up to more snow St Helens wakes up to more snow

ST HELENS faces another morning of disruption after a prolonged overnight snowfall.

Already today some parents have contacted the Star newsroom to say they have been told to keep their children at home by several schools.

St Helens Council has confirmed that the following schools are closed:

School closures for today

• Ashurst Primary School
• Broadoak Primary School
• Chapel End Billinge
• Eccleston Mere Primary School
• Grange Valley Primary School
• Holy Spirit Primary School
• Longton Lane Primary School
• Legh Vale Primary School
• Mill Green
• Merton Bank
• Rainford Brook Lodge Community Primary School
• Robins Lane Primary School
• St. Anne's Primary School Sutton (The year 5 class trip is to be postponed)
• St. Austin's Primary School
• St. Bartholomew's Primary School
• St. Cuthbert's Community College
• St. Mary's & St. Thomas'
• St. Aidens
• St. Theresa's Primary School, Clock Face
• Sutton Academy
• Sutton Oak
• Thatto Heath Community Primary School
 

The following schools are open

• Blackbrook St. Mary's Primary School will be open as normal, however parents will be given the option to collect their children at 2.30pm.
• Bleak Hill Primary School
• Cowley International College
• Garswood Primary School
• Holy Cross Primary School have advised parents that they will be closing at 11.00am
• Hope Academy
• Newton Primary
• Rainford High School - open today and buses are running as normal
• Rectory Primary School - will close at 1pm
• Rivington Primary School is open this morning with registers staying open until 10am
• Sherdley Primary school
• St. Helens College
• St Julie's Primary School
• St. Peter & St. Pauls
• Thatto Heath Primary School
• Queens Park School will be open for those who can get there safely. You may collect your child from 1pm in case the weather deteriorates or freezes over.
 

St Helens Council has also confirmed that bin collections will be restricted to main roads only on safety grounds because of the snow.

Staff are being redeployed to snow clearance

Look out for updates later in the morning.

Forecasters say the snow will ease for a while today but temperatures will remain around freezing in the area, barely rising above 1 or 2 for the rest of the week. 

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10:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

And Justice For All says...

Can't believe how many schools are closed just because of snow. This didn't happen not so long ago. There's a school near us thats at the top of the hill and covered with snow yet isn't closed. Are the closures down to lazy heads/council chiefs?
Don't worry though, the snow will soon clear. The council gritters have been filled with cake so that Cllr Rimmer will eat it all up.
Can't believe how many schools are closed just because of snow. This didn't happen not so long ago. There's a school near us thats at the top of the hill and covered with snow yet isn't closed. Are the closures down to lazy heads/council chiefs? Don't worry though, the snow will soon clear. The council gritters have been filled with cake so that Cllr Rimmer will eat it all up. And Justice For All
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10:58am Mon 21 Jan 13

pitbullboxing says...

hear hear!
hear hear! pitbullboxing
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12:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

quizling says...

if a school opens in bad weather and pupils dont turn up it becomes a bad Ofsted attendance mark for the school,if they close,no bad mark simples
if a school opens in bad weather and pupils dont turn up it becomes a bad Ofsted attendance mark for the school,if they close,no bad mark simples quizling
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1:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

St Helenser says...

Children's education isn't as important in January as it is in June or July. Try and take your kids out for a summer holiday and you are likely to be fined!!
Children's education isn't as important in January as it is in June or July. Try and take your kids out for a summer holiday and you are likely to be fined!! St Helenser
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1:47pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Pilotltd says...

Have they run out of Salt and Grit? No signs of any being done since last Wednesday !!!
Have they run out of Salt and Grit? No signs of any being done since last Wednesday !!! Pilotltd
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5:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

norm says...

I wonder if it's anything to do with elf 'n safety these days? Perhaps if one of the little darlings slips on school premises and wets their little botty, parents might sue?
I wonder if it's anything to do with elf 'n safety these days? Perhaps if one of the little darlings slips on school premises and wets their little botty, parents might sue? norm
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6:00pm Mon 21 Jan 13

saintsfan says...

Schools close because the LA/heads are afraid that parents will sue the school/LA if they or their children fall as a result of snow/ice. Today was not worthy of school closure. I drove to work no problem. Children could have been driven to school/walked to school with no problem.
Schools close because the LA/heads are afraid that parents will sue the school/LA if they or their children fall as a result of snow/ice. Today was not worthy of school closure. I drove to work no problem. Children could have been driven to school/walked to school with no problem. saintsfan
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6:16pm Mon 21 Jan 13

And Justice For All says...

Totally agree Saintsfan. My kids school was open ALL day with no problem at all and it's side roads up hill to get to it too. The council gritted the main route and there were no problems. Yet a school round the corner on a clear main road closed. No boiler or facility problems so it's a real concern why some closed that didnt need to.
Totally agree Saintsfan. My kids school was open ALL day with no problem at all and it's side roads up hill to get to it too. The council gritted the main route and there were no problems. Yet a school round the corner on a clear main road closed. No boiler or facility problems so it's a real concern why some closed that didnt need to. And Justice For All
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6:29pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Bill Bradbury says...

Solution is simple. Parliament to pass an Act that if anyone falls on school premises due to snow Parents cannot sue.
For all those moaning will probably be the first to try to make an easy buck.
No H& S issues when I was at school but then it was not a litigeous society. Ice slides from one end of the playground to the other plus snowball fights sometimes with teachers. The good old days!!
Solution is simple. Parliament to pass an Act that if anyone falls on school premises due to snow Parents cannot sue. For all those moaning will probably be the first to try to make an easy buck. No H& S issues when I was at school but then it was not a litigeous society. Ice slides from one end of the playground to the other plus snowball fights sometimes with teachers. The good old days!! Bill Bradbury
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4:32pm Fri 25 Jan 13

moonman77 says...

Parents need to remember school isnt a baby sitting service when it snows. They wouldnt send them to Guides or football practice in that weather.
Parents need to remember school isnt a baby sitting service when it snows. They wouldnt send them to Guides or football practice in that weather. moonman77
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8:29pm Sat 26 Jan 13

frankly says...

snow...what we get is nothing nowadays
snow...what we get is nothing nowadays frankly
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