A NUMBER of schools in Abingdon have already announced plans to shut ahead of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation this evening.

Boris Johnson will make an announcement at 8pm to set out 'further steps' to combat the new variant of Covid-19.

But it was only yesterday when the PM insisted that 'schools are safe' and that parents should 'absolutely' send their children back to primary school tomorrow.

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These are the schools in Abingdon and surrounding area that are closed and part open this week, according to Oxfordshire County Council:  

  • Drayton Community Primary School is part open until Monday, January 18. Nursery, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 5 are closed to all but children of critical workers/vulnerable pupils. Reception, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 6 open to all pupils.
  • Long Wittenham Church of England (C) Primary School is part open until Friday, January 15. Open to children of critical workers and vulnerable children only.
  • Thameside Primary School is part open until Monday, January 18. Closed for all children, except keyworker families and vulnerable children.