Schools

Storm Eunice: Schools across south west England to close

Leaders asked to provide remote learning after Met Office issues rare 'red' wind warning

Leaders asked to provide remote learning after Met Office issues rare 'red' wind warning

Hundreds of schools across south-west England are due to shut or move lessons online tomorrow as the country gears up for strong winds from Storm Eunice.

A Met Office red warning for wind has been issued for parts of the south west, with some councils advising all schools in their areas to shut as a precaution.

Red warnings are rare – the last one coincided with Storm Arwen in November 2021 – and the Met Office said it expected flying debris to pose a “danger to life” and predicted “damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down”.

Uprooted trees are likely, and roads, bridges and railway lines will be closed, with power cuts also expected.

Although schools in much of England remain on half term, most of the south west is not due to start the break until next week.

Somerset has announced all its schools will close, with leaders asked to provide online education “where possible”.

North Somerset has advised all schools to switch to home learning. According to local media, at least 36 schools have now confirmed closures.

In Devon, 129 schools are due to be closed, while 75 schools in Dorset have so far announced closures. Parents are urged to check school websites for their arrangements.

In Cornwall, 127 schools are currently due to be closed, while in Gloucestershire 84 schools will close, with many providing remote learning. Twenty-five schools in South Gloucestershire are also due to close.

Some schools in Gloucestershire said they did not want to put anyone in danger, while others highlighted the council’s cancellation of school transport services.

North Road Community Primary School in South Gloucestershire said its decision reflected “current building/scaffolding works and proximity of trees and other dangers”.

In Bristol, city mayor Marvin Rees has urged all schools to shut. According to the council’s website, 73 are currently due to do so.

While many affected schools have shut fully ahead of half-term, others have switched to remote learning and urged pupils to seek instructions via their online platforms.

More from this theme

Schools

Heads and teachers working longer despite workload push

Key government workforce survey reveals longer working weeks, less job satisfaction and more anxiety

Samantha Booth
Schools

Number of children ‘missing education’ rises a quarter

117,000 children were not registered at a school and not receiving a suitable education elsewhere at some point last...

Freddie Whittaker
Schools

‘Elite’ Star and Eton sixth forms reveal ‘clearing house’ careers role

Partnership between academy trust and top private school also opens new 'think and do' tank

Schools Week Reporter
Schools

Reception baseline test: Partial move to digital delayed

Standards and Testing Agency had planned to move some elements of the test on-screen from 2024

Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Give parents termly window to request childcare, schools told

Ahead of the launch of the wraparound childcare programme, the government has published new guidance for schools

Jack Dyson
Schools

Labour’s school improvement teams will deliver misogyny training

Research shows rise in references to sexual harassment, abuse and safeguarding incidents in Ofsted reports

Freddie Whittaker

Your thoughts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 Comments