School closures hit Britain as UK grinds to a halt in snow chaos

Flights grounded at Manchester Airport due to snow

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Some schools in Britain have announced they will close due to the snowy weather, with icy winds from Norway expected to sweep across parts of the country tonight (December 11) and into next week. Schools in Gloucestershire, Devon and London have already announced closures for Monday while others are considering partial or full closures. 

In Gloucestershire, Archway School and Birdlip Primary School were the first two schools to announce they would be closed on Monday due to heavy snowfall. 

All other schools in the south west county have since been closed, with just a few partially closed. 

As of Sunday evening at 9pm, Redbrook C of E Primary School, Southrop C of E Primary School and Tewkesbury CE Primary School were the only schools set to be partially closed on Monday. 

Rendcomb College, a boarding and day school in Cotswolds, has also announced the school will be closed “due to persistent unforecast snowfall this afternoon and predicted freezing conditions overnight”. 

Sevenoaks School in Kent also announced it would be closed on Monday, in a tweet published around 10pm on Sunday night.

Remote teaching options have been provided for most students. 

In Devon, 13 schools have already announced partial closures on Monday, with many delaying opening until later in the day. 

However, Highgate Hill House School and Orchard Vale Community School have already announced they will be closed as the snowy weather is set to continue into the week. 

More announcements of school closures are expected, with some schools warning parents to check early in the morning for the latest updates. 

Cornwall schools and colleges are also in discussions about delaying opening times, changing transport plans or closing entirely to avoid any injuries.

Cllr Barbara Ellenbroek, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for children and families, said: “Parents – schools and colleges will be in contact with you if there are any changes to the schedule and school transport services tomorrow. Please look out for school messages by text, email, social media or school messaging systems.”

Schools in Swindon and Wiltshire have also warned of potential school closures and have asked parents to stay up-to-date with alerts, Wiltshire Times reported. 

Temperatures are set to plummet to minus -7C overnight on Sunday and people are being asked to avoid travel unless it is essential through to Monday. 

The Met Office has issued fog, ice and snow weather warnings for the next five days across the UK. 

The conditions have caused travel disruption, with delayed trains, motorway accidents, and flight cancellations at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. 

BBC weather presenter Darren Bett said: “It looks set to stay very cold for the week ahead. Snow and ice, as well as freezing fog, will continue to be a hazard and frosts will continue to be widespread and severe.

“From Tuesday, the cold northerly wind will develop and bring most of the snow to northern Scotland with as much as 20cm (7.8in) of fresh snow falling in the hills.”

The Met Office has also warned of power cuts and potential disruption to mobile phone coverage. 

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