Snow, Monday, January 21: School closures

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Reported schools closures and part closures so far due to the weather conditions. Updates will be posted as they are known.

  • Bardwell School
  • Barley Hill Primary
  • Bishop Carpenter Primary
  • Bladon Primary - opens at 10am
  • Blessed George Napier
  • Bloxham Primary School - also Bloxham Pre-school and Butterfly Meadows Childrens Centre
  • Bure Park Primary
  • Christopher Rawlins Primary
  • Church Cowley St James Nursery - the school is open as normal for all pupils in reception and in Years 1 to 6
  • Cropredy Primary
  • Deddington Primary
  • Ducklington Primary - part open. Ducklings closed due to staff shortages. Rest oof the school open as normal.
  • Faringdon Infants - delayed start. Children should come to school for 11am. Sunflower class will not open in the morning but the afternoon class will.
  • Finstock Primary - opening at 10am
  • Fitzwaryn School
  • Frank Wise School - part open. Open to those who arrive on foot.
  • Fritwell Primary
  • Gillotts School
  • Gosford Hill - Exams taking place today but the rest of the school is shut
  • Great Rollright Primary
  • Great Tew Primary
  • Hardwick Community School
  • Hill View Primary School. Hopes to reopen on Tuesday once the site has been cleared and made safer for pupils, staff and parents.
  • Hornton Primary
  • John Hampden Primary
  • John Henry Newman Primary - opening at 9.30am
  • John Watson School - part open. Primary site and nursery open from 9.45am. Secoondary site closed all day. Both sites expect to be open Tuesday unless there is a change in the weather forecast.
  • Langford Village Community Primary - due to boiler failure.
  • Larkmead School. The exams which are scheduled to take place at 1.30pm will go ahead as normal
  • Lewknor Primary
  • Lord Williams' School
  • Middle Barton School
  • Mill Lane Community Primary
  • North Oxfordshire Academy
  • Northern House
  • Northfield School
  • Orchard Fields Community
  • Oxford Spires Academy - opening at 9.15am
  • Queensway School
  • Sibford Gower Primary School
  • Shenington Primary
  • Sonning Common School
  • Springfield School - part open. Secondary site late opening at 9.30am. Primary site open usual time.
  • St Andrew's Primary, Chinnor
  • St Gregoory the Great - opens from 9.15am for Lesson 1
  • St John's Primary, Banbury
  • St Joseph's Primary, Banbury
  • St Joseph's, Thame
  • St Mary's Primary, Banbury
  • St Mary's Infants
  • St Nicholas Church of England Primary School, East Challow, fully open from 9.30am
  • St Thomas More Primary - only the nursery is closed
  • Southwold Primary
  • Tetsworth Primary School. School closed Monday for inset day
  • The Cherwell School - part open. Open from 9.30am, pupils should go to their form rooms for registration and lessons will commence with period 2. Students taking public exams should arrive for the normal published times.
  • The Grange Community Primary
  • The Warriner School - closed but open for exams
  • Wheatley Nursery - late opening at 9.45am. Breakfast club closed.
  • Wheatley Park
  • Williams Morris - opens at 10am
  • Wroxton Primary

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8:13am Mon 21 Jan 13

Busybody1 says...

Bad reporting again from oxford mail
Bad reporting again from oxford mail Busybody1
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12:33pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Any flippin' excuse for a day off, all the emergency services staff appear to be able to get to work, as do the armed forces, council employees,shop and office workers, and many others.
Perhaps next time the teachers have a day off they should be taught how to drive in snow, it's pathetic, a few flakes of snow, and all the excuses come out.
Any flippin' excuse for a day off, all the emergency services staff appear to be able to get to work, as do the armed forces, council employees,shop and office workers, and many others. Perhaps next time the teachers have a day off they should be taught how to drive in snow, it's pathetic, a few flakes of snow, and all the excuses come out. Dilligaf2010
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12:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Braganca says...

More idiotic rantings from Dilligaf. Show us the proof that ALL emergency services, armed forces, council employees (who include most teachers) etc. got into work. Of course you can't. Get a life..
More idiotic rantings from Dilligaf. Show us the proof that ALL emergency services, armed forces, council employees (who include most teachers) etc. got into work. Of course you can't. Get a life.. Braganca
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1:29pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Braganca wrote:
More idiotic rantings from Dilligaf. Show us the proof that ALL emergency services, armed forces, council employees (who include most teachers) etc. got into work. Of course you can't. Get a life..
Let me guess, you're one of the teachers that are having a day off, or perhaps you're just a troll, either way, be quiet, if I want your opinion, I'll give it to you!
[quote][p][bold]Braganca[/bold] wrote: More idiotic rantings from Dilligaf. Show us the proof that ALL emergency services, armed forces, council employees (who include most teachers) etc. got into work. Of course you can't. Get a life..[/p][/quote]Let me guess, you're one of the teachers that are having a day off, or perhaps you're just a troll, either way, be quiet, if I want your opinion, I'll give it to you! Dilligaf2010
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1:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

JK says...

Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow!
Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow! JK
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2:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Tom Cranmer says...

Schools do not take the decision to close lightly - the syllabus still needs to be taught, the performance indicators still need to be attained, and examinations need to be prepared for. Teachers do not like losing teaching time to prepare pupils, and heads want to improve the schools rankings. If pupils were injured due to weather conditions going into school, who would parents and the public hold responsible? The teachers and the schools. I am not a teacher, but do have children.
Schools do not take the decision to close lightly - the syllabus still needs to be taught, the performance indicators still need to be attained, and examinations need to be prepared for. Teachers do not like losing teaching time to prepare pupils, and heads want to improve the schools rankings. If pupils were injured due to weather conditions going into school, who would parents and the public hold responsible? The teachers and the schools. I am not a teacher, but do have children. Tom Cranmer
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2:54pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Tom Cranmer wrote:
Schools do not take the decision to close lightly - the syllabus still needs to be taught, the performance indicators still need to be attained, and examinations need to be prepared for. Teachers do not like losing teaching time to prepare pupils, and heads want to improve the schools rankings. If pupils were injured due to weather conditions going into school, who would parents and the public hold responsible? The teachers and the schools. I am not a teacher, but do have children.
This country has become too namby-pamby, I used to walk to school in snow, for years on end, and I'm not just talking a few inches, I'm talking a few feet, and I've obviously driven in such conditions too.
Snow is something we get every year, but every year people are surprised, and the country grinds to a halt, it's beyond pathetic, other countries laugh at how ridiculous we look after a few flakes of snow.
Everybody needs to get a grip, and man up, the small amounts of snow we get nowadays is nothing compared to what this country used to get, and is just a mere dusting in comparison to others.
[quote][p][bold]Tom Cranmer[/bold] wrote: Schools do not take the decision to close lightly - the syllabus still needs to be taught, the performance indicators still need to be attained, and examinations need to be prepared for. Teachers do not like losing teaching time to prepare pupils, and heads want to improve the schools rankings. If pupils were injured due to weather conditions going into school, who would parents and the public hold responsible? The teachers and the schools. I am not a teacher, but do have children.[/p][/quote]This country has become too namby-pamby, I used to walk to school in snow, for years on end, and I'm not just talking a few inches, I'm talking a few feet, and I've obviously driven in such conditions too. Snow is something we get every year, but every year people are surprised, and the country grinds to a halt, it's beyond pathetic, other countries laugh at how ridiculous we look after a few flakes of snow. Everybody needs to get a grip, and man up, the small amounts of snow we get nowadays is nothing compared to what this country used to get, and is just a mere dusting in comparison to others. Dilligaf2010
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3:03pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Joris Bonson says...

JK wrote:
Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow!
an hour would be 12.33 - 13.33, so he had 4 minutes left.

Bit worrying if a teacher can't work out times...
[quote][p][bold]JK[/bold] wrote: Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow![/p][/quote]an hour would be 12.33 - 13.33, so he had 4 minutes left. Bit worrying if a teacher can't work out times... Joris Bonson
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3:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Andy didcot says...

JK wrote:
Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow!
Er, 12.33 to 13.29 is less than 60 minutes, you are not a teacher are you?
[quote][p][bold]JK[/bold] wrote: Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow![/p][/quote]Er, 12.33 to 13.29 is less than 60 minutes, you are not a teacher are you? Andy didcot
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3:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Andy didcot says...

JK wrote:
Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow!
Oh dear........JK you must be a teacher
[quote][p][bold]JK[/bold] wrote: Dilligaf2010 is not worth wasting time on ... he/she clearly knows nothing, though believes they know everything, and is probably tucked up at home ..... otherwise they wouldn't be able to comment at 12.33 & 13.29 ... can't be their lunch hour as time gap is more than 60 mins ... unless they are commenting on their bosses time of course. And yes, I'm a teacher whose school is closed but who was already on their way by the time the decision was taken - I know how to drive in snow![/p][/quote]Oh dear........JK you must be a teacher Andy didcot
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3:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

JK says...

Ha-ha! Well spotted Joris .... comes of trying to do too much all at once .... just shows we teachers are human just like everyone else and not some super-human being that is meant to be child-minder/teacher
/advanced skills driver(to please Dilligaf2010) and umpteen other roles all at once! Hopefully tomorrow all school buses will be able to run, site teams will have cleared and gritted paths etc and council gritters will have gritted the approach roads to the schools and all the rural roads that the school buses need to traverse - can't afford to miss lessons with my 6th form or Y11 but hopefully they will have done all the work that I went online and set them this morning (I can live in hope that parents have checked they have done it .... many undoubtedly will)
Ha-ha! Well spotted Joris .... comes of trying to do too much all at once .... just shows we teachers are human just like everyone else and not some super-human being that is meant to be child-minder/teacher /advanced skills driver(to please Dilligaf2010) and umpteen other roles all at once! Hopefully tomorrow all school buses will be able to run, site teams will have cleared and gritted paths etc and council gritters will have gritted the approach roads to the schools and all the rural roads that the school buses need to traverse - can't afford to miss lessons with my 6th form or Y11 but hopefully they will have done all the work that I went online and set them this morning (I can live in hope that parents have checked they have done it .... many undoubtedly will) JK
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3:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

JK says...

Ha-ha! Well spotted Joris .... comes of trying to do too much all at once .... just shows we teachers are human just like everyone else and not some super-human being that is meant to be child-minder/teacher
/advanced skills driver(to please Dilligaf2010) and umpteen other roles all at once! Hopefully tomorrow all school buses will be able to run, site teams will have cleared and gritted paths etc and council gritters will have gritted the approach roads to the schools and all the rural roads that the school buses need to traverse - can't afford to miss lessons with my 6th form or Y11 but hopefully they will have done all the work that I went online and set them this morning (I can live in hope that parents have checked they have done it .... many undoubtedly will)
Ha-ha! Well spotted Joris .... comes of trying to do too much all at once .... just shows we teachers are human just like everyone else and not some super-human being that is meant to be child-minder/teacher /advanced skills driver(to please Dilligaf2010) and umpteen other roles all at once! Hopefully tomorrow all school buses will be able to run, site teams will have cleared and gritted paths etc and council gritters will have gritted the approach roads to the schools and all the rural roads that the school buses need to traverse - can't afford to miss lessons with my 6th form or Y11 but hopefully they will have done all the work that I went online and set them this morning (I can live in hope that parents have checked they have done it .... many undoubtedly will) JK
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3:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Dilly, seeing as they no longer have climbing frames, hopscotch is banned in the playground (in case somebody gets hit with the stone, or falls over and scrapes their knee)) and playing Conkers is a dangerous as sending our little darlings to war. You can't expect them to walk through this smattering of snow can you. (but I would have thought that mummy could have got the Chelsea Tractor out though).
Dilly, seeing as they no longer have climbing frames, hopscotch is banned in the playground (in case somebody gets hit with the stone, or falls over and scrapes their knee)) and playing Conkers is a dangerous as sending our little darlings to war. You can't expect them to walk through this smattering of snow can you. (but I would have thought that mummy could have got the Chelsea Tractor out though). Grunden Skip
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3:50pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Tom Cranmer says...

My son's school has climbing frames, monkey bars, hopscotch, conkers, and was open today. However, there's no playing field
My son's school has climbing frames, monkey bars, hopscotch, conkers, and was open today. However, there's no playing field Tom Cranmer
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3:57pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
Dilly, seeing as they no longer have climbing frames, hopscotch is banned in the playground (in case somebody gets hit with the stone, or falls over and scrapes their knee)) and playing Conkers is a dangerous as sending our little darlings to war. You can't expect them to walk through this smattering of snow can you. (but I would have thought that mummy could have got the Chelsea Tractor out though).
Good point ;-)
The sad thing is, teachers are paid a salary, whereas a lot of the parents who have to take time off, to look after their children, probably don't, so will lose money whilst the teachers sit at home in the warm, with their feet up.
As for JK, I'm not superhuman, I'm just human, and I'm not an advanced driver either, I just know how to drive, I've driven cars, trucks, and many other vehicles in snow, some of the journeys were delivering groceries to shops, no doubt whilst schools were closed.
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: Dilly, seeing as they no longer have climbing frames, hopscotch is banned in the playground (in case somebody gets hit with the stone, or falls over and scrapes their knee)) and playing Conkers is a dangerous as sending our little darlings to war. You can't expect them to walk through this smattering of snow can you. (but I would have thought that mummy could have got the Chelsea Tractor out though).[/p][/quote]Good point ;-) The sad thing is, teachers are paid a salary, whereas a lot of the parents who have to take time off, to look after their children, probably don't, so will lose money whilst the teachers sit at home in the warm, with their feet up. As for JK, I'm not superhuman, I'm just human, and I'm not an advanced driver either, I just know how to drive, I've driven cars, trucks, and many other vehicles in snow, some of the journeys were delivering groceries to shops, no doubt whilst schools were closed. Dilligaf2010
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3:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

King Joke says...

We used to get much more snow 50 years ago, but the way we lived our lives was vastly different back then. People lived much closer to work than they do now and relied on cars much less.
We used to get much more snow 50 years ago, but the way we lived our lives was vastly different back then. People lived much closer to work than they do now and relied on cars much less. King Joke
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5:36pm Mon 21 Jan 13

PK Nuts says...

And yes the emergency services did make it into work....an hours walk in, an hours walk home...
And yes the emergency services did make it into work....an hours walk in, an hours walk home... PK Nuts
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5:48pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

PK Nuts wrote:
And yes the emergency services did make it into work....an hours walk in, an hours walk home...
Just as I suspected, good for you.
[quote][p][bold]PK Nuts[/bold] wrote: And yes the emergency services did make it into work....an hours walk in, an hours walk home...[/p][/quote]Just as I suspected, good for you. Dilligaf2010
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6:18pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Nic1984 says...

I don't think you can assume ALL teachers enjoyed a relaxing day at home any more than you can assume anyone called dilligaf is a complete ****. My daughter is a teacher and she for one was working on lesson plans all day - this did save her doing it til 11pm at night as she often is. Like any profession - you get the good ones and the bad unfortunately. Just like any chain of comments I suppose....
I don't think you can assume ALL teachers enjoyed a relaxing day at home any more than you can assume anyone called dilligaf is a complete ****. My daughter is a teacher and she for one was working on lesson plans all day - this did save her doing it til 11pm at night as she often is. Like any profession - you get the good ones and the bad unfortunately. Just like any chain of comments I suppose.... Nic1984
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7:14pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Nic1984 wrote:
I don't think you can assume ALL teachers enjoyed a relaxing day at home any more than you can assume anyone called dilligaf is a complete ****. My daughter is a teacher and she for one was working on lesson plans all day - this did save her doing it til 11pm at night as she often is. Like any profession - you get the good ones and the bad unfortunately. Just like any chain of comments I suppose....
Of course, I believe every word, well one or two of them, maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Nic1984[/bold] wrote: I don't think you can assume ALL teachers enjoyed a relaxing day at home any more than you can assume anyone called dilligaf is a complete ****. My daughter is a teacher and she for one was working on lesson plans all day - this did save her doing it til 11pm at night as she often is. Like any profession - you get the good ones and the bad unfortunately. Just like any chain of comments I suppose....[/p][/quote]Of course, I believe every word, well one or two of them, maybe. Dilligaf2010
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8:59am Fri 25 Jan 13

King Joke says...

Teachers get paid when school is snowed off, because they are on a salary not piecework. THey also get paid during half term which is largely spent at a laptop on the kitchen table planning the next half term. THey get paid during the summer holidays, half which is also spent planning at home or setting up classrooms for the following year. THey also get paid for 80-hour weeks, as most evenings and weekends are spent working as well. Given the 49 straight days my teacher friend worked from Sep til Oct half term, the 1.5 days spent at home WORKING rather than clogging the roads up when capacity was compromised by snow is a drop in the ocean.

Next time you post Dilly, do make sure you know what you're talking about, there's a good troll.
Teachers get paid when school is snowed off, because they are on a salary not piecework. THey also get paid during half term which is largely spent at a laptop on the kitchen table planning the next half term. THey get paid during the summer holidays, half which is also spent planning at home or setting up classrooms for the following year. THey also get paid for 80-hour weeks, as most evenings and weekends are spent working as well. Given the 49 straight days my teacher friend worked from Sep til Oct half term, the 1.5 days spent at home WORKING rather than clogging the roads up when capacity was compromised by snow is a drop in the ocean. Next time you post Dilly, do make sure you know what you're talking about, there's a good troll. King Joke
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