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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8:26am Mon 6 Feb 12

APR says...

Ok, I'll be the first to ask.

Why are these schools closed ?
Given that most of the children were no doubt playing quite happily in the snow on Sunday.
Ok, I'll be the first to ask. Why are these schools closed ? Given that most of the children were no doubt playing quite happily in the snow on Sunday. APR
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8:29am Mon 6 Feb 12

Frankandstein says...

Indeed-I went to school until 1986-schools NEVER closed!
Also,why are some of the schools closing early?Bizarre!
Indeed-I went to school until 1986-schools NEVER closed! Also,why are some of the schools closing early?Bizarre! Frankandstein
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8:42am Mon 6 Feb 12

EdLoach says...

The first time I can remember my school closing was in about 1982. At the time I was in a school in Wolverhampton which had a bus service from all over town, and generally whether those buses ran determined whether the school opened or not. I lived close enough to walk, and a number of times those of us who did live that close ended up in the school hall while those who used buses had already left. Later in my school life half the school closed for a while because of some problem with frozen pipes bringing down a ceiling and leaving one block without heating. I can't say whether any of these circumstances apply to the schools above. I understand that in Canada if a school closes due to snow they make the day up out of what would have been school holiday time.
The first time I can remember my school closing was in about 1982. At the time I was in a school in Wolverhampton which had a bus service from all over town, and generally whether those buses ran determined whether the school opened or not. I lived close enough to walk, and a number of times those of us who did live that close ended up in the school hall while those who used buses had already left. Later in my school life half the school closed for a while because of some problem with frozen pipes bringing down a ceiling and leaving one block without heating. I can't say whether any of these circumstances apply to the schools above. I understand that in Canada if a school closes due to snow they make the day up out of what would have been school holiday time. EdLoach
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9:35am Mon 6 Feb 12

InTheKnowOk says...

It amazes me how everything comes to a standstill over a couple of inches of snow!, when I was a kid we all made it into school no matter what the weather and if a teacher was going to be late then a playground assistant would take over until the teacher arrived. We didn't get lifts into school either, we all walked, and if it was torrential rain or snow then we would bring a change of clothes and shoes.
It amazes me how everything comes to a standstill over a couple of inches of snow!, when I was a kid we all made it into school no matter what the weather and if a teacher was going to be late then a playground assistant would take over until the teacher arrived. We didn't get lifts into school either, we all walked, and if it was torrential rain or snow then we would bring a change of clothes and shoes. InTheKnowOk
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9:56am Mon 6 Feb 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

wouldn't want wobbly little Chelsee, Derwayne et al and their pals falling over and hurting themselves would we?

Anyway none of them would be able to get to school this morning as their mummies won't want to drive the 4x4 on the school run in the snow would they? Might have to puton some proper outoor clothes rther than rolling out of the house in their jimjams with a spliff on and a can in the other hand....
wouldn't want wobbly little Chelsee, Derwayne et al and their pals falling over and hurting themselves would we? Anyway none of them would be able to get to school this morning as their mummies won't want to drive the 4x4 on the school run in the snow would they? Might have to puton some proper outoor clothes rther than rolling out of the house in their jimjams with a spliff on and a can in the other hand.... The Cater Wood Creeper
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9:57am Mon 6 Feb 12

ShrimperSS0 says...

Think it could be as a curse of Health and Safety. I can remember about this time 2 years ago a Southend home game I went to was postponed about half hour or so before kick off... think it was more for the unsafe car park rather than the state of the pitch. Thinking that the entry to the schools could be ok but the problem could be the approaches and the paths etc. Don't want the little darlings/ horrors*(*delete as applicable) to come to any harm and risk being sued for some kind of neglect of the duty of care.
Think it could be as a curse of Health and Safety. I can remember about this time 2 years ago a Southend home game I went to was postponed about half hour or so before kick off... think it was more for the unsafe car park rather than the state of the pitch. Thinking that the entry to the schools could be ok but the problem could be the approaches and the paths etc. Don't want the little darlings/ horrors*(*delete as applicable) to come to any harm and risk being sued for some kind of neglect of the duty of care. ShrimperSS0
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10:13am Mon 6 Feb 12

The Yellow Peril says...

Reckon it's more to do with lazy teachers who can't be bothered to get out of bed on a snowy day. It brings everything to a standstill. What are parents supposed to do if the schools are closed because the teachers can't be ar*ed to go to work.
Reckon it's more to do with lazy teachers who can't be bothered to get out of bed on a snowy day. It brings everything to a standstill. What are parents supposed to do if the schools are closed because the teachers can't be ar*ed to go to work. The Yellow Peril
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10:13am Mon 6 Feb 12

meadowlady says...

Is it 'Grumpy old Men/Women Day' today?
Is it 'Grumpy old Men/Women Day' today? meadowlady
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10:15am Mon 6 Feb 12

Jodaius says...

According to information on the BBC Essex website, 88% of schools are open as normal. Well done to those schools, but it does beg the question as to why some are closing. Only 10% are completely closed (the other 2% being partially open either to certain year groups or for part of the day).

I hope the 10% are feeling suitably silly. No doubt a small number will have legitimate reasons (e.g. remote rural locations, boiler problems, etc.), but it is particularly telling when closed schools are located very close to open schools.
According to information on the BBC Essex website, 88% of schools are open as normal. Well done to those schools, but it does beg the question as to why some are closing. Only 10% are completely closed (the other 2% being partially open either to certain year groups or for part of the day). I hope the 10% are feeling suitably silly. No doubt a small number will have legitimate reasons (e.g. remote rural locations, boiler problems, etc.), but it is particularly telling when closed schools are located very close to open schools. Jodaius
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10:16am Mon 6 Feb 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

now wee no y lodsa kidz carnt rede or rite or ooze inlish proper like wen they leeev skool enny ekskoos two knot afta go their
now wee no y lodsa kidz carnt rede or rite or ooze inlish proper like wen they leeev skool enny ekskoos two knot afta go their The Cater Wood Creeper
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10:17am Mon 6 Feb 12

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

Schools just cannot win, if they close they are abused by parents for doing so. If they stay open they open themselves up for being taken to court if a child has an ACCIDENT. Aditionally as ofsted does not take into account adverse weather the school gets marked down for poor attendance.
Schools just cannot win, if they close they are abused by parents for doing so. If they stay open they open themselves up for being taken to court if a child has an ACCIDENT. Aditionally as ofsted does not take into account adverse weather the school gets marked down for poor attendance. Arthur Fonzarelli
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10:18am Mon 6 Feb 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

meadowlady wrote:
Is it 'Grumpy old Men/Women Day' today?
I think the answer is Yes, and with just cause! The Schools always give up too easily and blame H&S rather than make an effort. Not a very good example being set to our children!
[quote][p][bold]meadowlady[/bold] wrote: Is it 'Grumpy old Men/Women Day' today?[/p][/quote]I think the answer is Yes, and with just cause! The Schools always give up too easily and blame H&S rather than make an effort. Not a very good example being set to our children! Say It As It Is OK?
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10:28am Mon 6 Feb 12

shyprincess says...

Well I managed to get my son in, but got a lot of attitude for being 4 minutes late (as were lots of others) yet if I had just not bothered taking him in, that would have been ok! (as many on my facebook seem to have chosen to do)

My son wanted to go as he likes walking in the snow :-) (Can't say the same for me!)

I think we can blame health and safety for the closures.
Well I managed to get my son in, but got a lot of attitude for being 4 minutes late (as were lots of others) yet if I had just not bothered taking him in, that would have been ok! (as many on my facebook seem to have chosen to do) My son wanted to go as he likes walking in the snow :-) (Can't say the same for me!) I think we can blame health and safety for the closures. shyprincess
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10:55am Mon 6 Feb 12

The Yellow Peril says...

Not grumpy but spent well over 2 hours getting into London this morning. Train terminated at Stratford so had to squeeze onto the next one and I love the way they announce that "any passenger wanting to travel to Liverpool Street should take the next available train". All of us who were turfed off the train were hoping to go all the way to Liverpool Street. Where else would we be going? Grrrrrr
Not grumpy but spent well over 2 hours getting into London this morning. Train terminated at Stratford so had to squeeze onto the next one and I love the way they announce that "any passenger wanting to travel to Liverpool Street should take the next available train". All of us who were turfed off the train were hoping to go all the way to Liverpool Street. Where else would we be going? Grrrrrr The Yellow Peril
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11:01am Mon 6 Feb 12

Colonel Kurtz says...

Health and Safety is being used as an excuse for teachers to have a day off. THE ROADS ARE CLEAR. NO EXCUSES
Health and Safety is being used as an excuse for teachers to have a day off. THE ROADS ARE CLEAR. NO EXCUSES Colonel Kurtz
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11:27am Mon 6 Feb 12

Kentish Alex says...

Three months holiday, training days, strike days and gold plated pensions not enough. LAZY LAZY TEACHERS!!!
Three months holiday, training days, strike days and gold plated pensions not enough. LAZY LAZY TEACHERS!!! Kentish Alex
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11:37am Mon 6 Feb 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Wow betide a parent taking their child out of School for a family holiday. The teachers would be up in arms but its totally different for them when they can't be bothered to make the effort on days like today!
Wow betide a parent taking their child out of School for a family holiday. The teachers would be up in arms but its totally different for them when they can't be bothered to make the effort on days like today! Say It As It Is OK?
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12:20pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Red Tape says...

Don't blame the schools or teachers - blame the lawyers and the H&S do-gooders who have made it too risky for schools to remain open when they could be sued if little Dwane or Chardonney slipped on an icy playground!
Don't blame the schools or teachers - blame the lawyers and the H&S do-gooders who have made it too risky for schools to remain open when they could be sued if little Dwane or Chardonney slipped on an icy playground! Red Tape
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1:00pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Scoot says...

With you red-tape. I was brought up close to the Peak district. I only missed two days of school through snow between 5 and 18. The first (at Primary) being due to 3+ foot settled on the ground (let alone the drifts) and the second due to the town I lived in being cut off due to snow so I couldn't get to senior school. The problem now is down to the claim and blame society we live in. Any slight chance of someone being able to get a bit of easy cash they will. The insurance coverage would be massive for a school to take the risk of Durr-wane or Chardonnay's parents making a claim.
With you red-tape. I was brought up close to the Peak district. I only missed two days of school through snow between 5 and 18. The first (at Primary) being due to 3+ foot settled on the ground (let alone the drifts) and the second due to the town I lived in being cut off due to snow so I couldn't get to senior school. The problem now is down to the claim and blame society we live in. Any slight chance of someone being able to get a bit of easy cash they will. The insurance coverage would be massive for a school to take the risk of Durr-wane or Chardonnay's parents making a claim. Scoot
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1:09pm Mon 6 Feb 12

essexboy22 says...

There only closed because the staff use the snow as a excuse for a extra day off they don't think about parents having jobs to go to.....
There only closed because the staff use the snow as a excuse for a extra day off they don't think about parents having jobs to go to..... essexboy22
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1:15pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I drove to Stansted and back at 1am this morning and the roads were fine, if a bit misty.

My child's school is in the centre of town and the headteacher lives at Manningtree. He is very firm with his staff and says and has never closed the school. Instead he turns up early, spade in hand, and helps the caretaker clear the road and spread grit. If any of the above schools are closed because staff haven't made it in, those members of staff should be seriously reprimanded. I bet they would have made it if they were self employed!
I drove to Stansted and back at 1am this morning and the roads were fine, if a bit misty. My child's school is in the centre of town and the headteacher lives at Manningtree. He is very firm with his staff and says and has never closed the school. Instead he turns up early, spade in hand, and helps the caretaker clear the road and spread grit. If any of the above schools are closed because staff haven't made it in, those members of staff should be seriously reprimanded. I bet they would have made it if they were self employed! Ritchie_Hicks
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2:44pm Mon 6 Feb 12

californianana says...

I don't remember schools ever closing, for snow. I guess we were just tougher in the 40sand 50s.but. I am extra spoiled now. it's.64deg today I hope you all stay as warm as possible and don't get sick,
I don't remember schools ever closing, for snow. I guess we were just tougher in the 40sand 50s.but. I am extra spoiled now. it's.64deg today I hope you all stay as warm as possible and don't get sick, californianana
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5:15pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Excitation says...

What a load of rubbish, I was at school in the 1950s and 60s and it is simply not true that the schools didn't close - they did! And the reason they closed wasn't because it was hard for the kids to get to school, that wasn't a problem at all, the reason they closed was because the Teachers couldn't get to the school. And the same thing happened to my children and my grandchildren and anyone who denies that was either at a school where the Teachers lived locally or they are exaggerating. I suspect the latter.
What a load of rubbish, I was at school in the 1950s and 60s and it is simply not true that the schools didn't close - they did! And the reason they closed wasn't because it was hard for the kids to get to school, that wasn't a problem at all, the reason they closed was because the Teachers couldn't get to the school. And the same thing happened to my children and my grandchildren and anyone who denies that was either at a school where the Teachers lived locally or they are exaggerating. I suspect the latter. Excitation
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5:32pm Mon 6 Feb 12

APR says...

I don't remember the old Rayleigh Secondary School (Fitz) ever closing due to bad weather, and not all of the teachers lived locally. The school adapted, and arranged temporary lessons.

There used to be some great ice slides in the playground at the front of the school, that's before it became a car park. Back in the 60's, only a handful of teachers drove to school.
I don't remember the old Rayleigh Secondary School (Fitz) ever closing due to bad weather, and not all of the teachers lived locally. The school adapted, and arranged temporary lessons. There used to be some great ice slides in the playground at the front of the school, that's before it became a car park. Back in the 60's, only a handful of teachers drove to school. APR
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5:36pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Excitation says...

I think some of you have defective memories, of course the schools closed in the 50s, 60s, 70s etc, maybe only for a day after a big fall but they DID close.
I think some of you have defective memories, of course the schools closed in the 50s, 60s, 70s etc, maybe only for a day after a big fall but they DID close. Excitation
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6:04pm Mon 6 Feb 12

AnotherSister says...

I was in the 3rd year at junior school during the big freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and we never shut down for even an hour, and the snow was much worse than it currently is, plus it stayed deep & crisp & even on the ground for several weeks. Also, our parents didn't deliver us to school in the four-by-four....we had two feet so used them, those feet being encased in non-slip furry boots. Other fashion accessories were duffle coats, idiot mittens and those little hand-knitted woolly bonnets with ear flaps.
I was in the 3rd year at junior school during the big freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and we never shut down for even an hour, and the snow was much worse than it currently is, plus it stayed deep & crisp & even on the ground for several weeks. Also, our parents didn't deliver us to school in the four-by-four....we had two feet so used them, those feet being encased in non-slip furry boots. Other fashion accessories were duffle coats, idiot mittens and those little hand-knitted woolly bonnets with ear flaps. AnotherSister
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6:07pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Frankandstein says...

Went to Torells school in Grays during the 80s.
Had to do cross country in the snow and we were told to stop and have a snowball fight in the middle of the run,followed by several forward rolls!

The heating broke down a lot,so we had to spend lessons sitting in our coats.
Went to Torells school in Grays during the 80s. Had to do cross country in the snow and we were told to stop and have a snowball fight in the middle of the run,followed by several forward rolls! The heating broke down a lot,so we had to spend lessons sitting in our coats. Frankandstein
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6:51pm Mon 6 Feb 12

6079 Smith W says...

Some people seem to be confusing a fear of getting sued with health and safety.
Some people seem to be confusing a fear of getting sued with health and safety. 6079 Smith W
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8:00pm Mon 6 Feb 12

tricklesthegreek says...

oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term.
Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have?
Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.
oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term. Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have? Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments. tricklesthegreek
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8:06pm Mon 6 Feb 12

APR says...

Why do the pathways at the school have to be cleared ?
Children play out in the snow, walk on pavements with snow and ice, slide down hills on sledges then expect the school paths to be perfectly clear ?
Why do the pathways at the school have to be cleared ? Children play out in the snow, walk on pavements with snow and ice, slide down hills on sledges then expect the school paths to be perfectly clear ? APR
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9:45pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

tricklesthegreek wrote:
oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term.
Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have?
Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.
Typical whinging teacher syndrome I suspect! Try the real world and you might think differently!
[quote][p][bold]tricklesthegreek[/bold] wrote: oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term. Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have? Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.[/p][/quote]Typical whinging teacher syndrome I suspect! Try the real world and you might think differently! Say It As It Is OK?
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9:58pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Frankandstein says...

tricklesthegreek wrote:
oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term.
Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have?
Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.
Tut, tut!
Everybody knows you should start a paragraph with a capital letter!
I hope you're not an English teacher ;-)
[quote][p][bold]tricklesthegreek[/bold] wrote: oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term. Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have? Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.[/p][/quote]Tut, tut! Everybody knows you should start a paragraph with a capital letter! I hope you're not an English teacher ;-) Frankandstein
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10:29pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Teacher85 says...

What a surprise that people are complaining yet again about us teachers. You seem to think that we actually have a say whether the school is open or closed. Believe it or not we have no say at all so before putting blame onto us teachers maybe you need to get the facts right. It seems very much like it is the people on here complaining and not actually tricklesthegreek. Blame our country for letting health and safety get into the state it has. Thankfully our school was able to open with the help of our staff. Our country seems to like to put blame onto people, no win situation!!!!
What a surprise that people are complaining yet again about us teachers. You seem to think that we actually have a say whether the school is open or closed. Believe it or not we have no say at all so before putting blame onto us teachers maybe you need to get the facts right. It seems very much like it is the people on here complaining and not actually tricklesthegreek. Blame our country for letting health and safety get into the state it has. Thankfully our school was able to open with the help of our staff. Our country seems to like to put blame onto people, no win situation!!!! Teacher85
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11:59pm Mon 6 Feb 12

InTheKnowOk says...

Excitation wrote:
I think some of you have defective memories, of course the schools closed in the 50s, 60s, 70s etc, maybe only for a day after a big fall but they DID close.
I have a good memory thanks, and can honestly say that in all the years I was at school there was not a closure because of snow, like APR said, the teachers were local, we lived locally, we took a change of clothes and footwear and got on with it.
[quote][p][bold]Excitation[/bold] wrote: I think some of you have defective memories, of course the schools closed in the 50s, 60s, 70s etc, maybe only for a day after a big fall but they DID close.[/p][/quote]I have a good memory thanks, and can honestly say that in all the years I was at school there was not a closure because of snow, like APR said, the teachers were local, we lived locally, we took a change of clothes and footwear and got on with it. InTheKnowOk
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7:54am Tue 7 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

tricklesthegreek wrote:
oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term.
Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have?
Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.
Teach much?!
[quote][p][bold]tricklesthegreek[/bold] wrote: oh DO shut up those of you who jump on the 'lazy teachers' bandwagon. Come and do the job yourself for a term. Incidentally, my school was OPEN today, we were out shovelling the pathways at 8am to make sure the children could get in safely. So what excuse did the 35 children in the school who were magically 'sick' today have? Snow days? Do me a favour, there are ALWAYS some who will use an excuse to have a day off. It's not just teachers. Stop thinking you know it all and stop making judgements about an entire profession based solely upon your extremely limited experience of teachers. Unless you can say you know every single one then stop making general, ridiculously over-exaggerated comments.[/p][/quote]Teach much?! Ritchie_Hicks
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10:07am Tue 7 Feb 12

RReeve says...

I for one cannot believe any schools in Colchester need to be shut. I travel to work from Colchester to Hammersmith and got there with no problems what so ever and in fact travelled back from Norwich on Sunday without any trouble. Come on teachers - you're made of sterner stuff then this. There is no reason to take the day off merely because of a few inches of snow.
I for one cannot believe any schools in Colchester need to be shut. I travel to work from Colchester to Hammersmith and got there with no problems what so ever and in fact travelled back from Norwich on Sunday without any trouble. Come on teachers - you're made of sterner stuff then this. There is no reason to take the day off merely because of a few inches of snow. RReeve
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4:35pm Tue 7 Feb 12

EASTWOODGIRL says...

The Cater Wood Creeper wrote:
wouldn't want wobbly little Chelsee, Derwayne et al and their pals falling over and hurting themselves would we?

Anyway none of them would be able to get to school this morning as their mummies won't want to drive the 4x4 on the school run in the snow would they? Might have to puton some proper outoor clothes rther than rolling out of the house in their jimjams with a spliff on and a can in the other hand....
So right this man!!!!! These parents should make a stand to these schools. It is totally ridiculous for closure. Deanes school is even on a main road for God sake!!!! This country would grind to a halt if everything shut because of a bit of snow. GET WITH IT.
[quote][p][bold]The Cater Wood Creeper[/bold] wrote: wouldn't want wobbly little Chelsee, Derwayne et al and their pals falling over and hurting themselves would we? Anyway none of them would be able to get to school this morning as their mummies won't want to drive the 4x4 on the school run in the snow would they? Might have to puton some proper outoor clothes rther than rolling out of the house in their jimjams with a spliff on and a can in the other hand....[/p][/quote]So right this man!!!!! These parents should make a stand to these schools. It is totally ridiculous for closure. Deanes school is even on a main road for God sake!!!! This country would grind to a halt if everything shut because of a bit of snow. GET WITH IT. EASTWOODGIRL
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4:36pm Tue 7 Feb 12

EASTWOODGIRL says...

So right this man!!!!! These parents should make a stand to these schools. It is totally ridiculous for closure. Deanes school is even on a main road for God sake!!!! This country would grind to a halt if everything shut because of a bit of snow. GET WITH IT.
So right this man!!!!! These parents should make a stand to these schools. It is totally ridiculous for closure. Deanes school is even on a main road for God sake!!!! This country would grind to a halt if everything shut because of a bit of snow. GET WITH IT. EASTWOODGIRL
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6:18pm Tue 7 Feb 12

collydolly78 says...

Our school WAS open, and the teachers, IT staff, and the head, got involved in making sure the path's were cleared, gritted and safe. Unfortunately, a lot of kids didn't turn up, even though some live quite nearby!!! Say's a lot about the parents! I think it's a bit unfair to blame the teachers. They don't make the decision to close the schools!! ALL our staff made it in, even those who live out in rural areas. Good for them! I do think H&S has gone mad, and thanks to the rise in people with pound signs in their eyes, suing for any little thing, I can understand some schools choosing to close.
Our school WAS open, and the teachers, IT staff, and the head, got involved in making sure the path's were cleared, gritted and safe. Unfortunately, a lot of kids didn't turn up, even though some live quite nearby!!! Say's a lot about the parents! I think it's a bit unfair to blame the teachers. They don't make the decision to close the schools!! ALL our staff made it in, even those who live out in rural areas. Good for them! I do think H&S has gone mad, and thanks to the rise in people with pound signs in their eyes, suing for any little thing, I can understand some schools choosing to close. collydolly78
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11:56am Wed 8 Feb 12

turnstone says...

I went to school in dovercourt during 60`s and 70`s we were never closed for snow or other weather if teachers could n`t make it in they spit the class up they kept us in at break time to stop us from getting cold and wet and snowball fights getting out of hand we wore our wellys and carry`d our shoes in a bag, simple really!
mind you my cousins who lived over in welsh marches it was a different story there school/village was snowed in from time to time but we are talking of much deeper snow but school would still function as soon as it could get some staff but i do think we were tougher in those days? we are turning into a nation of wimps?
I went to school in dovercourt during 60`s and 70`s we were never closed for snow or other weather if teachers could n`t make it in they spit the class up they kept us in at break time to stop us from getting cold and wet and snowball fights getting out of hand we wore our wellys and carry`d our shoes in a bag, simple really! mind you my cousins who lived over in welsh marches it was a different story there school/village was snowed in from time to time but we are talking of much deeper snow but school would still function as soon as it could get some staff but i do think we were tougher in those days? we are turning into a nation of wimps? turnstone
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12:15pm Wed 8 Feb 12

alimac69 says...

My neighbour is a teacher in Dagenham and drives to work from Southend. She's still been going to work this week; I hear her and her husband out each evening/morning clearing the ice from their driveway so she can go to work.
My neighbour is a teacher in Dagenham and drives to work from Southend. She's still been going to work this week; I hear her and her husband out each evening/morning clearing the ice from their driveway so she can go to work. alimac69
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12:37pm Wed 8 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
Schools just cannot win, if they close they are abused by parents for doing so. If they stay open they open themselves up for being taken to court if a child has an ACCIDENT. Aditionally as ofsted does not take into account adverse weather the school gets marked down for poor attendance.
Quite right but some on here would not dream of letting that get in the way of a good moan.

One poster wrote about lazy teachers who can't be Rsed and so on. It is of course the head teacher's decision about closing or not and they normally contact their staff the night before. Those same 'lazy' teachers will then probably use the opportunity to catch up on marking, assessments etc. just like they were doing the previous evening.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: Schools just cannot win, if they close they are abused by parents for doing so. If they stay open they open themselves up for being taken to court if a child has an ACCIDENT. Aditionally as ofsted does not take into account adverse weather the school gets marked down for poor attendance.[/p][/quote]Quite right but some on here would not dream of letting that get in the way of a good moan. One poster wrote about lazy teachers who can't be Rsed and so on. It is of course the head teacher's decision about closing or not and they normally contact their staff the night before. Those same 'lazy' teachers will then probably use the opportunity to catch up on marking, assessments etc. just like they were doing the previous evening. John the resonator
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12:46pm Wed 8 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
Health and Safety is being used as an excuse for teachers to have a day off. THE ROADS ARE CLEAR. NO EXCUSES
If you actually knew anything about teaching rather than just stereotyping them all you would realise the headteacher makes the decision on balance, normally the night before and then phones the staff.

I reckon many of those teachers will then take the opportunity to catch up on some marking and other paperwork.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: Health and Safety is being used as an excuse for teachers to have a day off. THE ROADS ARE CLEAR. NO EXCUSES[/p][/quote]If you actually knew anything about teaching rather than just stereotyping them all you would realise the headteacher makes the decision on balance, normally the night before and then phones the staff. I reckon many of those teachers will then take the opportunity to catch up on some marking and other paperwork. John the resonator
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2:47pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Scoot says...

Don't blame the teachers ! Blame the money grabbers out there who would get hold of a solicitor before they even saw their children if the kids got hurt at school. The headmaster has to weigh up whether to open the school and face his insurance company saying he isn't covered for accidents on Ice or open the school and hope nothing happens. If you are looking to blame anyone blame the parents who would claim for anything and the Insurance companies who charge the earth for accidental cover (maybe they work out their premiums pro rata to the number of beers their employees consume on the 17:50 and 18:10 trains from Liverpool St to Colchester)....
Don't blame the teachers ! Blame the money grabbers out there who would get hold of a solicitor before they even saw their children if the kids got hurt at school. The headmaster has to weigh up whether to open the school and face his insurance company saying he isn't covered for accidents on Ice or open the school and hope nothing happens. If you are looking to blame anyone blame the parents who would claim for anything and the Insurance companies who charge the earth for accidental cover (maybe they work out their premiums pro rata to the number of beers their employees consume on the 17:50 and 18:10 trains from Liverpool St to Colchester).... Scoot
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3:15pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Strange that most are open then.
Strange that most are open then. Ritchie_Hicks
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4:16pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Trainman says...

One question. How long has the James Hornsby School in St. Nicholas Lane, LAINDON, been in Basildon?

In all the time I attended both Markhams Chase as it was then, now Janet Duke and the RIPPED down Laindon High Road School, they never closed ONCE due to the snow.
One question. How long has the James Hornsby School in St. Nicholas Lane, LAINDON, been in Basildon? In all the time I attended both Markhams Chase as it was then, now Janet Duke and the RIPPED down Laindon High Road School, they never closed ONCE due to the snow. Trainman
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11:10pm Wed 8 Feb 12

Cyberpunk says...

As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here.

First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off.

My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?
As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here. First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off. My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas? Cyberpunk
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7:57am Thu 9 Feb 12

wellnow says...

it's all over now.back on your heads.
it's all over now.back on your heads. wellnow
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11:34am Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Cyberpunk wrote:
As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here.

First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off.

My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?
Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end.

As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues.
[quote][p][bold]Cyberpunk[/bold] wrote: As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here. First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off. My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?[/p][/quote]Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end. As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues. John the resonator
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11:40am Thu 9 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

John the resonator wrote:
Cyberpunk wrote:
As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here.

First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off.

My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?
Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end.

As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues.
Who are you trying to kid?
[quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyberpunk[/bold] wrote: As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here. First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off. My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?[/p][/quote]Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end. As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues.[/p][/quote]Who are you trying to kid? Ritchie_Hicks
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11:43am Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
John the resonator wrote:
Cyberpunk wrote:
As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here.

First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off.

My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?
Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end.

As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues.
Who are you trying to kid?
Why do you say that?

What is your opinion on this issue?
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyberpunk[/bold] wrote: As usual a whole load of ill-informed comments about lazy teachers on here. First of all, the vast majority of schools were open and the teachers will have been at work preparing well before many others leave for work. Second, it will be the head or the governors of a school that decide to close it not the teachers so it has nothing to do with teachers being lazy or wanting more days off. My nearest school stayed open this week but the pupil attendance dropped to around 75%. Am I going to label 25% of parents lazy? No, I'm not because I would hate to put myself in the same category as some of the ignorant half-wits posting on this site. Why not open your minds a little and seek the real truth rather than blindly clinging to your poorly conceived ideas?[/p][/quote]Yeah but this is after all Echo land. Think of all the exercise they get jumping to the wrong conclusion, flying off the handle and going off at the deep end. As you say individual teachers have nothing to do with the decision. If the school is declared open but a particular teacher cannot get in (snowed in living on a rural lane for instance) then it is like any other workplace, managers decide how the the gap is to be closed by colleagues.[/p][/quote]Who are you trying to kid?[/p][/quote]Why do you say that? What is your opinion on this issue? John the resonator
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12:22pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

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.
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. Ritchie_Hicks
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1:56pm Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

OK well done on your effort, have done the same sort of thing during my working life.

Turning to your first paragraph it is not about individual teachers 'not turning up' this situation does not arise because the head will have made a decision beforehand. The concern about being sued for children injuring themselves will be a real one for head teachers in today's litigious compensation culture. They have a set budget and when unexpected things come up like lead being stolen from the roof, stolen computers, damage by pupils etc. it all makes a hole. OK these might be covered by insurance but then premiums skyrocket.

I have a link for you here, if you scroll down the list of claims you will see Essex Council paid £23,000 to a kid who slipped on ice:

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/education/edu
cationnews/8026037/C
ompensation-culture-
in-schools-ruining-e
ducation.

As I said in a couple of earlier posts those same 'workshy' teachers will probably get on with some marking or lesson preparation. Unless of course their own children cannot go to school, in which case they become carers, same as anyone else landed in that situation.

Thanks for the reply though, clearly we see this differently.
OK well done on your effort, have done the same sort of thing during my working life. Turning to your first paragraph it is not about individual teachers 'not turning up' this situation does not arise because the head will have made a decision beforehand. The concern about being sued for children injuring themselves will be a real one for head teachers in today's litigious compensation culture. They have a set budget and when unexpected things come up like lead being stolen from the roof, stolen computers, damage by pupils etc. it all makes a hole. OK these might be covered by insurance but then premiums skyrocket. I have a link for you here, if you scroll down the list of claims you will see Essex Council paid £23,000 to a kid who slipped on ice: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/education/edu cationnews/8026037/C ompensation-culture- in-schools-ruining-e ducation. As I said in a couple of earlier posts those same 'workshy' teachers will probably get on with some marking or lesson preparation. Unless of course their own children cannot go to school, in which case they become carers, same as anyone else landed in that situation. Thanks for the reply though, clearly we see this differently. John the resonator
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2:03pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement?
Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement? Ritchie_Hicks
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7:54pm Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement?
Yes of course you could be right. If it was then I guess there was legal advice from the Local Authority solicitor that those sueing had a reasonable chance of success. In that event the payout could have been higher plus everyone's legal costs.

Of course maybe the thing would have been unceremoniously chucked out of court had it gone ahead, bit of a risk though.

Glad I wasn't that headteacher
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement?[/p][/quote]Yes of course you could be right. If it was then I guess there was legal advice from the Local Authority solicitor that those sueing had a reasonable chance of success. In that event the payout could have been higher plus everyone's legal costs. Of course maybe the thing would have been unceremoniously chucked out of court had it gone ahead, bit of a risk though. Glad I wasn't that headteacher John the resonator
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7:59pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

John the resonator wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement?
Yes of course you could be right. If it was then I guess there was legal advice from the Local Authority solicitor that those sueing had a reasonable chance of success. In that event the payout could have been higher plus everyone's legal costs.

Of course maybe the thing would have been unceremoniously chucked out of court had it gone ahead, bit of a risk though.

Glad I wasn't that headteacher
In a country where a man gets £20,000+ compensation for failing to stop for the police, nothing would surprise me...
[quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Indeed we do - I wonder if that £23,000 was awarded by a court or in an out-of-court settlement?[/p][/quote]Yes of course you could be right. If it was then I guess there was legal advice from the Local Authority solicitor that those sueing had a reasonable chance of success. In that event the payout could have been higher plus everyone's legal costs. Of course maybe the thing would have been unceremoniously chucked out of court had it gone ahead, bit of a risk though. Glad I wasn't that headteacher[/p][/quote]In a country where a man gets £20,000+ compensation for failing to stop for the police, nothing would surprise me... Ritchie_Hicks
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8:13pm Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Don't remember that one (sounds mad).

What was that case about?
Don't remember that one (sounds mad). What was that case about? John the resonator
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8:18pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

This is a corker

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-south
-east-wales-16859875
This is a corker http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-south -east-wales-16859875 Ritchie_Hicks
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8:43pm Thu 9 Feb 12

John the resonator says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
This is a corker

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-wales-south

-east-wales-16859875
Well he was found guilty of several breaches of the law and still came out tops. Crazy.

I must admit the police looked a bit hasty charging straight up to the car and bashing it. He might have opened the door if they had told him to. I guess from their position he had driven off and had failed to stop when chased. Idiot had illegal tinted windscreens which won't have helped.

Just shows ya' it's not always young drivers at fault.

Thanks for the link.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: This is a corker http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-south -east-wales-16859875[/p][/quote]Well he was found guilty of several breaches of the law and still came out tops. Crazy. I must admit the police looked a bit hasty charging straight up to the car and bashing it. He might have opened the door if they had told him to. I guess from their position he had driven off and had failed to stop when chased. Idiot had illegal tinted windscreens which won't have helped. Just shows ya' it's not always young drivers at fault. Thanks for the link. John the resonator
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10:08pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Mr Honk says...

I drove from my little village which was full of snow, on to the A12, then 20 miles up the A12 (which was running very clear) to work at my school. Which is in one of the hilliest areas of the county, and was lousy with snow. Yet we were all there. One child was absent. His mother couldn't get their monstrous 4x4 off the driveway, apparently. Whatever, buddy.
I drove from my little village which was full of snow, on to the A12, then 20 miles up the A12 (which was running very clear) to work at my school. Which is in one of the hilliest areas of the county, and was lousy with snow. Yet we were all there. One child was absent. His mother couldn't get their monstrous 4x4 off the driveway, apparently. Whatever, buddy. Mr Honk
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