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  • "My opinion is that head teacher’s only close the school is the heating is broken or not enough staff turn up. There was nowhere around Colchester that was inaccessible unless you were looking for a day off work or perhaps if you relied on a bus service.

    I am not aware of any school being sued for a child slipping on the ice and I believe it to be a misnomer very similar to the incorrect believe that clearing your driveway of snow can result in you being sued if someone slips over…another load of rubbish.

    I drove to Stansted, then to a rural area in Tendring and then back to Colchester at 1am on Monday and although it was slow going in the countryside, the roads were quite passable with the use of a little common sense and patience. I made a meeting in Halstead on Monday morning and meanwhile people were phoning in to say they couldn’t get from Wivenhoe to the University; a distance which most could walk in 30 minutes. The excuses given by people for not turning up at work in whatever job they do are, in the majority, excuses given by the work-shy."
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Essex school closures

Appleton School, Benfleet. Open from 10am.

Billericay School. Open from 11am. Check the school's website.

Canewdon Endowed Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School and Nursery.

Colchester County High School for Girls.

De La Salle School, Basildon.

Deanes School, Thundersley.

Enchanted Wood Day Nursery, Thundersley.

The Endeavour School, Brentwood.

Friars Grove Primary School, Colchester.

Glenwood Special School, Thundersley.

Hamford Primary School, Walton.

James Hornsby, Basildon.

King Edmund School, Rochford. Open from 10.30am. Check school website.

Kingsdown, Eastwood near Southend.

Laindon Park Primary Schoo, Basildon.

Lancaster Special School, Southend.

Mayflower High School, Billericay. Open from 11am.

Moulsham Infant and Junior School, Chelmsford.

Pioneer, Basildon.

Porters Grange, Southend.

Priory School, Southend.

Queen Boudica Primary School, Colchester.

Ramsey College, Halstead.

Ramsden Hall School, Billericay Southview School, Witham St Benedict's College, Colchester.

Richmond Avenue Primary School, Southend.

Stambridge Primary School, Rochford district.

White Court School & Early Years, Braintree.

Willow Brook Primary School and Nursery, Colchester.

Woodlands School, Basildon.

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