Southampton schools closed on Thursday

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SO FAR almost 500 schools have taken the decision to remain closed today following the heavy snow.

A handful of schools have also decided to close on Friday meaning they will re-open on Monday, January 11, giving parents advance warning to arrange any childcare.

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Councillor Matt Dean, cabinet member for environment and transport, who is co-ordinating the council's effort in the cold snap, said: "We would ask the schools to take all the relevant matters into account which would include the health and safety of staff and also ask them to balance that with the inconvenience it causes to parents.

"It's a matter for the head teachers in consultation with governors and we certainly had no problem with them closing schools today."

The lists below will be updated as more schools declare if they plan to close.

As a result, we advise parents to keep checking back to see if their child's school has been added.

All schools on the Isle of Wight have now been closed. Chandlers Ford Infants School will re-open at 10am.

Most schools on the lists below are closed on Thursday only. Schools that are closed on Friday are highlighted.

Southampton

• St George Catholic College is open for years 10 and 11 only
• Beechwood Junior School
• Bassett Green Primary
• Bevois Town Primary School
• Bitterne C of E Infant School
• Bitterne C of E Junior School
• Bitterne Manor Primary School
• Bitterne Park Infant School
• Bitterne Park Junior School
• Bitterne Park Secondary School
• Brook Pre-School
• Charlton House Prep School
• Cantell Maths and Computing College
• Chamberlayne College of the Arts
• The Cedar School
• The Compass Centre
• Fairisle Infant and Nursery School
• Fairisle Junior School
• Foundry Lane Primary School
• Freemantle Infant School
• Glenfield Infant School
• Great Oaks Special School
• The Gregg School
• Hardmoor Early Years Centre
• Harefield Primary School
• Heathfield Junior School
• Highfield C of E Primary School
• Hightown Primary School
• Hollybrook Infant School
• Hollybrook Junior School
• Holy Family Primary School
• Hope Lodge School
• Itchen College
• Kanes Hill Junior School
• King Edward VI School
• Ludlow Infant School
• Ludlow Junior School
• Lydlynch School
• Mansbridge Primary School
• Mansel Park Primary School
• Manor Road School
• Mason Moor Primary School
• Maytree Nursery and Infants School
• Melbourne Centre Pupil Referral Unit
• Moorlands Primary School
• Mount Pleasant Junior School
• Newlands Primary School
• Oasis Academy Mayfield
• Oasis Academy Lords Hill
• Oakfield School
• Oakwood Infant School
• Oakwood Junior School
• Polygon Special School
• Portswood Primary School
• Rainbow Pre-School
• Redbridge Primary School
• Redbridge Community School
• Regents Park Communtiy College
• Regents Park pre-school
• Riverside Pre-School
• Rosewood School
• Shirley Infant School
• Shirley Junior School
• Shirley Warren Primary School
• Shirley High School
• Sholing Infant School
• Sholing Technology College
• Sinclair Nursery and Primary School
• Somerset Road Pre-School
• Springwell School
• St Anne's Catholic School
• St Deny's Primary School
• St Luke's School
• St Mark's CoE Junior School
• St Mary's College
• St Mary's Primary School
• St Monica Infant School
• St Monica Junior School
• St Winifred's
• St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
• St Winifred's School
• Swaythling Primary School
• Startpoint Early Years Centre
• Tanners Brook Infant School
• Tanners Brook Junior School
• Tauntons College
• Thornhill Primary School
• Totton College
• Townhill Infants School
• Townhill Junior School
• Thornhill Primary School
• Upper Shirley High School
• Valentine Infant School
• Weston Church Pre-School
• Weston Park Infant School
• Weston Park Junior School
• West End Pre-school
• Woodlands Community College
• Woolston Infants School Upper
• Wordsworth Infant School
• Valentine Infant School
• Vermont School
• Townhill Infants

Hampshire

• Abbotswood Junior School
• Abbotts Ann Church Of England Primary School
• ACE, the Adult Education Centre, Winchester
• All Saints CoE (Aided) Junior School
• All Saints Church Of England Primary School
• Alverstoke Community Infant School
• Amport C E Primary School
• Ampfield Primary School
• Amery Hill School
• Andover C E Primary School
• Andrew's Endowed CoE Primary School
• Anstey Junior School
• Anton Infant School
• Anton Junior School
• Applemore College
• Ashley Infant School
• Ashley Junior School
• Balksbury Junior School
• Barncroft Infant School
• Barncroft Junior School
• Barton Stacey C E Primary School
• Barton Peveril College
• Basingstocke College of Technology
• Bay House School
• Baycroft School
• Beaumont Junior School
• Beaulieu Village Primary School
• Bedenham Primary School
• Belle Vue Infant School
• Bentley CoE Primary School
• Bidbury Infant School
• Bidbury Junior School
• Binsted Church Of England Primary School
• Bishop's Waltham Infant School
• Bishop's Waltham Junior Junior School
• Bishopswood Infant School
• Bishopswood Junior School
• Blackfield Primary School
• Bohunt School
• Bordon Infant School
• Bordon Junior School
• Botley Church Of England (Controlled) Primary School
• Bramley CoE Primary School
• Bridgemary Community Sports College
• Brighton Hill Community College
• Braishfield Primary School
• Brockenhurst CoE Primary School
• Brockenhurst College (all sites)
• Brockhurst Infant School
• Brockhurst Junior School
• Brookfield Community School And Language College
Brune Park Community College (closed until Monday 11/01)
• Bransgore Primary School
• Burghclere Primary School
• Buriton Primary School
• Burnham Copsse Primary School
• Bursledon Church Of England Infant School
• Bursledon Junior School
• Bushy Leaze Early Years Centre
• The Butts Primary School
• Cadland Primary School
• Calmore Infant School
• Calmore Junior School
• Cams Hill School
• Castle Hill Infant School
• Castle Hill Junior School
• Castle Primary School
• Catherington Church Of England Infant School
• Chalk Ridge Primary School
• Charles Kingsley's CoE Primary School
• Chawton CoE Primary School
• Cheriton Primary School
• Cherbourg School
• Cherrywood Community Primary School
• Chiltern Primary School
• Chineham Park Primary School
• Chineham Junior School
• Church Crookham Junior School
• Clanfield Junior School
• Cliddesden Primary School
• The Clere School And Technology College
• Colden Common Primary School
• The Connaught School
• The Compton School
• Costello Technology College
• Copythorne Church Of England Infant School
• Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College
• Cove Junior School
• Cove School
• Cowplain Community School
• The Crescent Primary School
• Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise
• Crofton Anne Dale Infant School
• Crofton Anne Dale Junior School
• Crofton Hammond Infant School
• Crofton Hammond Junior School
• Crofton School
• Crondall Primary School
• Crookham C E (Aided) Infant School
• Crookhorn College of Technology
• Curdridge Primary School
• Denmead Infant School
• Dove House School
• Droxford Junior School
• Durley C E (Controlled) Primary School
• East Meon CoE (Controlled) Primary School
• Ecchinswell and Sydmonton CE Primary School
• Eggar's School
• Eling Infant School
• Elson Infant School
• Elson Junior School
• Elvetham Heath Primary School
• Emsworth Primary School
• Everest Community College
• Fair Oak Infant School
• Fair Oak Junior School
• Fairfield Infant School
• Fairfields Primary School
• Fairways School
• Fareham College
• Farnborough Grange Nursery/Infant School and Early Years Centre
• Fawley Infant School
• Fernhill Primary School
• Fleet Infant School
• Fordingbridge Infant School
• Fordingbridge Junior School
• Forest First Children Centre, Fawley
• Forest Park School
• Fort Hill Community School
• Four Lanes Infant School
• Foxhills Infant School
• Foxhills Junior School
• Freegrounds Infant School
• Freegrounds Junior School
• Frogmore Infant School
• Frogmore Junior School
• Front Lawn Infant School
• Front Lawn Junior School
• Froxfield CoE Infant School
• Fryern Junior School
• Fryern Infant School
• Gomer Infant School
• Gomer Junior School
• Grange Community Junior School
• Grange Infant School
• Grange Junior School
• Grange Secondary School
• Grateley Primary School
• Grayshott C E Controlled Primary School
• Great Binfields Primary School
• Great Oaks Special School
• Greatham Primary School
• Greenfields Junior School
• Hale Primary School
• Hamble Primary School
• Hambledon Infant School
• Hampshire Collegiate
• Harestock Primary School
• Harrison Primary School
• Harrow Way Community School
• Hart Plain Infant School
• Hart Plain Junior School
• Happy Bunnies Childcare Centre
Haselworth Primary School (closed until Monday 11/01)
• Hatch Warren Infant School
• Hatch Warren Junior School
• Hawley Primary School
• Haven Children's Centre
• Hazel Wood Infant School
• Heatherside Infant School
• Heatherside Junior School
• Heathfield School
• Henry Beaufort School
• The Henry Cort Community College
• Henry Tyndale School
• Herne Junior School
• Hiltingbury Infant School
• Hiltingbury Junior School
• Holbrook Primary School
• Hollywater School
• Holme CoE (Controlled) Primary School
• Hook Infant School
• Hook Junior School
• Hook-With-Warsash Church Of England Primary School
• Hordle Church Of England Primary School
• Horndean Technology College
• Hounsdown Secondary School
• Hulbert Junior School
• Hurst Community College
• Hyde CoE Primary School
• Hythe Primary School
• Icknield School
• Itchen Abbas Primary School
• Kempshott Infant School
• Kempshott Junior School
• Kings Copse Primary School
• Kings Furlong Infant School and Nursery
• Kings Furlong Junior School
• Kings Worthy Primary School
• Kingsclere CoE Primary School
• Knights Enham Infant School
• Knights Enham Junior School
• Knightwood Primary School
• Langrish Primary School
• Lanterns Nursery School
• Lakeside School
• Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School
• Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School
• Leesland Church Of England (Controlled) Infant School
• Limington House School
• Lymington Centre Pre-school
• The Linden Education Centre
• Liphook CoE (Controlled) Junior School
• Liss Junior School
• Lockerley Endowed CoE Primary School
• Locks Heath Infant School
• Locks Heath Junior School
• Long Sutton CoE Primary School
• Lord Wilson School
• Manor Field Infant School
• Manor Field Junior School
• Manor Infant School
• Manor Junior School
• Maple Ridge School
• Marchwood CoE Infant School
• The Mark Way School
• Marlborough Infant School
• Marnel Community Junior School
• Mayhill Junior School
• Medstead CoE Primary School
• Mengham Infant School
• Mengham Junior School
• Meon Cross School
• Meonstoke Church Of England School
• Merdon Infant School
• Merdon Junior School
• Merry Go Round Children's Centre, Wickham
• Merton Infant School
• Merton Junior School
• Micheldever CoE Primary School
• Milford-on-Sea CoE Primary School
• Mill Chase Community Technology College
• Mill Rythe Infant School
• Mill Rythe Junior School
• Morelands Primary School
• Mountbatten School
• Netley Abbey Junior School
• Neville Lovett Community School
• New Milton Infant School
• New Milton Junior School
• Newlands Primary School
• Newport Junior School
• Newtown CoE (Voluntary controlled) Primary School
• Newtown Soberton Infant School
• Nightingale Primary School
• Noadswood Secondary School
• Norman Gate School
• North Baddesley Infant School
• North Baddesley Junior School
• North Farnborough Infant School
• North Waltham Primary School
• Northern Infant School
• Northern Junior Community School
• Norwood Primary School
• Nursling CoE Primary School
• Oak Farm Community School
• Oak Lodge School
• Oak Meadow CoE (Controlled) Primary School
• Oakley CoE Junior School
• Oakley Infant School
• Oakridge Junior School
• Oakridge Junior School
• Oasis Academy Lordshill
• Oasis Academy Mayfield
• Oliver's Battery Primary School
• Orchard Infant School
• Orchard Junior School
• Orchard Lea Infant School
• Orchard Lea Junior School
• Osborne School
• Otterbourne CoE Primary School
• Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic VA Primary School
• Owslebury Primary School
• Padnell Infant School
• Padnell Junior School
• Park Community School
• Park Gate Primary School
• Park Primary School
• Park View Infant School
• Park View Junior School
• Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School
• Peel Common Infant School
• Peel Common Junior School
• Pennington Church Of England Junior School
• Pennington Infant School
• Perins School
• Peter Symonds College
• Petersfield Infant School
• The Petersfield School - A Performing Arts College
• Petersgate Infant School
• Pinewood Infant School
• Portway Infant School
• Portway Junior School
• Potley Hill Primary School
• Preston Candover CoE Primary School
• Priestlands School
• Portchester School
• The Priory Primary School
• Prospect School
• Purbrook Infant School
• Purbrook Junior School
• Queens Inclosure Primary School
• Quilley School of Engineering
• Rachel Madocks School
• Ranvilles Infant School
• Ranvilles Junior School
• Red Barn Community Primary School
• Redlands Primary School
• Riders Infant School
• Riders Junior School
• Riverside Community Special School
• Ringwood Secondary School
• Robert May's School
• Roman Way Primary School
• Romsey Abbey Primary School
• Ropley CoE Primary School
• Rowlands Castle St John's CoE (Controlled) Primary School
• Rowledge CoE (Controlled) Primary School
• Rowner Infant School
• Rowner Junior School
• Rownhams St John's CoE Primary School
• Saint James CoE Primary School, West End
The Samuel Cody School (closed until Monday)
• Sarisbury Church Of England Junior School
• Sarisbury Infant School
• Saxon Wood School
• Scantabout Primary School
• Selborne CoE Primary School
• Shakespeare Infant School
• Shakespeare Junior School
• Shamblehurst Primary School
• Sharps Copse Primary and Nursery School
• Shepherds Down Special School
• Sherborne St John CoE Primary School
• Siskin Infant And Nursery School
• Siskin Junior School
• South Baddesley Church Of England Primary School
• South Farnborough Infant School
• South Farnborough Junior School
• South View Infant School
• South View Junior School
• South Wonston Primary School
• Southwood Infant School
• St Anne's Catholic VA Primary School
• St Alban's Church Of England (Aided) Primary School
• St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
• St Bede CoE Primary School
• St Bernadette's Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School
• St James' CoE (controlled) Primary School, Emsworth
• St Faith's C E Primary School
• St Francis C E Primary School
• St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Andover
• St John the Baptist CoE Primary School, Titchfield Common
• St John's, Gosport Church Of England Primary School
• St Joseph's Catholic VA Primary School, Aldershot
• St Jude's Catholic VA Primary School
• St Lawrence CE Primary School
• St Luke's CoE Primary School
• St Mark's CoE Primary School
• St Mary's Bentworth CoE Primary School
• St Mary Bourne Primary School
• St Mary's Catholic VA Primary School, Gosport
• St Mary's CoE Junior School, Old Basing
• St Matthew's Church Of England (Aided) Primary School, Blackmoor
• St Martin's East Woodhay C E Voluntary Aided Primary School
• St Michael's Church Of England Infant School
• St Peter's Catholic VA Primary School, Winchester
• St Peter's CoE (Aided) Junior School
• St Swithuns School
• St Swithun Wells Catholic VA Primary School, Chandler's Ford
• St Thomas More's Catholic VA Primary School, Havant
• St Vincent's School
• Stakes Hill Infant School
• Stanmore Primary School
• Staunton Community Sports College
• Steep Church CoE (voluntary controlled) Primary School
• Stockbridge Primary School
• Stoke Park Infant School
• Stoke Park Junior School
• Sun Hill Junior School
• Swanmore College Of Technology
• Tadley Community Primary School
• Talavera Infant School
• Talavera Junior School
• Tavistock Infant School
• Testwood Sports College
• Test Valley School
• Thornden School
• Tiptoe Primary School
• Titchfield Primary School
• Tower Hill Primary School
• Toynbee Secondary School
• Trosnant Infant School
• Trosnant Junior School
• Tweseldown Infant School
• Twyford St Mary's CoE Primary School
• Upham CE (Aided) Primary School
• Velmead Junior School
• Uplands School
• Vernham Dean Gillum's C E Primary School
• Vigo Infant School
• Vigo Junior School
• The Vyne Community School
• Waite End Primary School
• Wallisdean Infant School
• Wallisdean Junior School
• Wallop Primary School
• Warblington School
The Waterloo School (closed until Monday 11/01)
• Waterside Primary School
• The Wavell School School
• Weeke Primary School
• Wellow Primary School
• West End Infant School
• West Meon CoE (VC) Primary School
• West Tytherley School
• Western Primary School
• Westfields Infant School
• Westfield Junior School
• The Westgate School
• Weyford Infant School and Nursery
• West Tytherley School • Weyford Junior School
• Wherwell Primary School
• Whiteley Primary School
• Whitewater Church of England Primary School
• Whickham C E Primary School
• Wicor Primary School
• Wildern School
• Wildground Infant School
• Wildground Junior School
• William Gilpin CoE Primary School
• Winklebury Infant School
• Winklebury Junior School
• Woodcot Primary School
• Woodcroft Primary School
• Woodlea Primary School
• Woolton Hill Junior School
• Wootey Infant School
• Wootey Junior School
• Wyvern Technology College
• Yateley Infant School

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7:07pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago.

I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned Stupideditor
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7:27pm Wed 6 Jan 10

MrWoody83 says...

You are such a hero for getting to work aren't you.

Everyone has individual circumstances and valid reasons for not driving in awful conditions!
You are such a hero for getting to work aren't you. Everyone has individual circumstances and valid reasons for not driving in awful conditions! MrWoody83
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7:33pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Top_Gun says...

Stupideditor wrote:
These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago.

I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
Bravo Stupid editor.. But if you actually think for a minute it isn't the "Lazy Teachers" that take the decision to close the school it's the Heads that make the call.

Guess the username suits your stupidity!!!
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]Bravo Stupid editor.. But if you actually think for a minute it isn't the "Lazy Teachers" that take the decision to close the school it's the Heads that make the call. Guess the username suits your stupidity!!! Top_Gun
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7:51pm Wed 6 Jan 10

downfader says...

Stupideditor wrote:
These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
18+ years ago (and I know because I went to school then myself) teachers lived locally to schools and colleges. Now they come from Portsmouth, they come from Basingstoke, and further on. Rail fares have forced people into their cars for these journeys too.
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Given that major motorways and A roads had serious problems this morning and last night I dont blame them for wanting to stay home. Its probably safer.
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]18+ years ago (and I know because I went to school then myself) teachers lived locally to schools and colleges. Now they come from Portsmouth, they come from Basingstoke, and further on. Rail fares have forced people into their cars for these journeys too. . Given that major motorways and A roads had serious problems this morning and last night I dont blame them for wanting to stay home. Its probably safer. downfader
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7:53pm Wed 6 Jan 10

sarah74 says...

These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are. sarah74
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8:25pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

Top_Gun wrote:
Stupideditor wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
Bravo Stupid editor.. But if you actually think for a minute it isn't the "Lazy Teachers" that take the decision to close the school it's the Heads that make the call. Guess the username suits your stupidity!!!
Not stupid at all top_Gun more dedicated. Motorways were clear at 7 am, major route were clear. All uncleared roads were accessable if people were sensible. So no not stupid at all.
[quote][p][bold]Top_Gun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]Bravo Stupid editor.. But if you actually think for a minute it isn't the "Lazy Teachers" that take the decision to close the school it's the Heads that make the call. Guess the username suits your stupidity!!![/p][/quote]Not stupid at all top_Gun more dedicated. Motorways were clear at 7 am, major route were clear. All uncleared roads were accessable if people were sensible. So no not stupid at all. Stupideditor
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8:32pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

sarah74 wrote:
These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs
[quote][p][bold]sarah74[/bold] wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.[/p][/quote]Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs Stupideditor
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8:36pm Wed 6 Jan 10

arthur boutfaith says...

Hear hear, well said.
Wise words stupideditor.
This country has gone soft.
I blame the workshy loony left.
Baaahhh.
Hear hear, well said. Wise words stupideditor. This country has gone soft. I blame the workshy loony left. Baaahhh. arthur boutfaith
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8:36pm Wed 6 Jan 10

arthur boutfaith says...

Hear hear, well said.
Wise words stupideditor.
This country has gone soft.
I blame the workshy loony left.
Baaahhh.
Hear hear, well said. Wise words stupideditor. This country has gone soft. I blame the workshy loony left. Baaahhh. arthur boutfaith
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8:46pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Top_Gun says...

Stupideditor wrote:
sarah74 wrote:
These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs
Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground.

Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that.
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah74[/bold] wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.[/p][/quote]Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs[/p][/quote]Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that. Top_Gun
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8:52pm Wed 6 Jan 10

AD74 says...

Stupideditor wrote:
sarah74 wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs
It's funny, I came on this story as I would have put money on someone saying how soft we have got! Bingo! It's funny that the schools that were open only half the kids turned up, guess the parents are lazy too, and of the kids that did come it was amazing how many dads brought their kids to school, nice day off for them!
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah74[/bold] wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.[/p][/quote]Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs[/p][/quote]It's funny, I came on this story as I would have put money on someone saying how soft we have got! Bingo! It's funny that the schools that were open only half the kids turned up, guess the parents are lazy too, and of the kids that did come it was amazing how many dads brought their kids to school, nice day off for them! AD74
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8:58pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

Top_Gun wrote:
Stupideditor wrote:
sarah74 wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs
Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that.
How does children playing in a snowy play ground and letting them play on the street in the snow compare. You obviously didn't think before saying that did you. No I wouldn't complain yet on the other hand i don't wrap them up in cotton wool, which i guess you do, being part of the change in the last 2 decades.

It is laziness, an easy excuse not to leave that hour earlier and drive/walk carefully.
[quote][p][bold]Top_Gun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah74[/bold] wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.[/p][/quote]Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs[/p][/quote]Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that.[/p][/quote]How does children playing in a snowy play ground and letting them play on the street in the snow compare. You obviously didn't think before saying that did you. No I wouldn't complain yet on the other hand i don't wrap them up in cotton wool, which i guess you do, being part of the change in the last 2 decades. It is laziness, an easy excuse not to leave that hour earlier and drive/walk carefully. Stupideditor
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9:19pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Top_Gun says...

The point I was getting at was, schools were closed for the safety of kids and staff, to avoid parents complaining if anything was to happen. It's not about wrapping them up in cotton wool... But I suppose any decision the school made would have been an inconvenience to parents this morning.
The point I was getting at was, schools were closed for the safety of kids and staff, to avoid parents complaining if anything was to happen. It's not about wrapping them up in cotton wool... But I suppose any decision the school made would have been an inconvenience to parents this morning. Top_Gun
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9:36pm Wed 6 Jan 10

forest hump says...

Top_Gun wrote:
The point I was getting at was, schools were closed for the safety of kids and staff, to avoid parents complaining if anything was to happen. It's not about wrapping them up in cotton wool... But I suppose any decision the school made would have been an inconvenience to parents this morning.
This Country has gone soft! The greedy Government has gone soft and the local Councils/Schools have gone soft. The minute there is a hint of winter and everyone rolls over and gives in! Where is the fighting spirit which made this country once great? We are now the laughing stock of the world. All and sundry giving in to the theiving, robbing climate scamming authorities. It's not the climate we should be concerned about, it's the Politicians...all of them, whatever lying party they are in cahoots with. We are surrounded by lying, cheating self-opinionated, sanctimonious villains. QED
[quote][p][bold]Top_Gun[/bold] wrote: The point I was getting at was, schools were closed for the safety of kids and staff, to avoid parents complaining if anything was to happen. It's not about wrapping them up in cotton wool... But I suppose any decision the school made would have been an inconvenience to parents this morning.[/p][/quote]This Country has gone soft! The greedy Government has gone soft and the local Councils/Schools have gone soft. The minute there is a hint of winter and everyone rolls over and gives in! Where is the fighting spirit which made this country once great? We are now the laughing stock of the world. All and sundry giving in to the theiving, robbing climate scamming authorities. It's not the climate we should be concerned about, it's the Politicians...all of them, whatever lying party they are in cahoots with. We are surrounded by lying, cheating self-opinionated, sanctimonious villains. QED forest hump
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9:45pm Wed 6 Jan 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

I agree with the closure of schools, it was exceptional and conditions outside Soton boundaries were horrendous. However, what most of us have an issue with is the terrible way in which some schools left the decision until v. shortly before the school was due to open, and therefore parents/pupils/stude
nts turned up and/or opened and then had to send pupils home again.

Those schools who use the texting system are to be commended, as well as other mechanisms like posting on websites, Twitter, radio, etc (in adequate time). I'm glad some common sense has prevailed and decisions about tomorrow have been made early so people know where they stand and can make other arrangements with regard to child care/work etc.

For the record I don't think teachers are 'lazy' but I do think the culture we have these days of 'health and safety' 'risk assessments' has gone OTT, children need to take some risk in order to be well rounded individuals and that includes a bit of larking about in the snow. It was interesting to note however that a primary in Yorkshire, the highest in the country, was open even though they have much more snow than us. Maybe luck more than anything but the Head had a wonderful attitude.
I agree with the closure of schools, it was exceptional and conditions outside Soton boundaries were horrendous. However, what most of us have an issue with is the terrible way in which some schools left the decision until v. shortly before the school was due to open, and therefore parents/pupils/stude nts turned up and/or opened and then had to send pupils home again. Those schools who use the texting system are to be commended, as well as other mechanisms like posting on websites, Twitter, radio, etc (in adequate time). I'm glad some common sense has prevailed and decisions about tomorrow have been made early so people know where they stand and can make other arrangements with regard to child care/work etc. For the record I don't think teachers are 'lazy' but I do think the culture we have these days of 'health and safety' 'risk assessments' has gone OTT, children need to take some risk in order to be well rounded individuals and that includes a bit of larking about in the snow. It was interesting to note however that a primary in Yorkshire, the highest in the country, was open even though they have much more snow than us. Maybe luck more than anything but the Head had a wonderful attitude. freemantlegirl2
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9:52pm Wed 6 Jan 10

Amyntas says...

Stupideditor wrote:
These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago.

I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
Your naivety beggers belief. It's a shame that when you managed to battle your way to school through extreme weather, you never actually managed to learn anything... You're not one of the stafffers that work at the Daily Planet, I mean Echo, writing some crass, glib remarks to ignite some kind of puerile debate?
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]Your naivety beggers belief. It's a shame that when you managed to battle your way to school through extreme weather, you never actually managed to learn anything... You're not one of the stafffers that work at the Daily Planet, I mean Echo, writing some crass, glib remarks to ignite some kind of puerile debate? Amyntas
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9:58pm Wed 6 Jan 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

Amyntas wrote:
Stupideditor wrote:
These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago.

I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned
Your naivety beggers belief. It's a shame that when you managed to battle your way to school through extreme weather, you never actually managed to learn anything... You're not one of the stafffers that work at the Daily Planet, I mean Echo, writing some crass, glib remarks to ignite some kind of puerile debate?
No they're a flamer trying to wind you all up and it's worked hasn't it lol! (stafffers?) :S
[quote][p][bold]Amyntas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: These closures are pathetic and demonstates how lazy our teachers are. I had to walk 1.5 miles into school when it snowed some 18+ years ago. I managed to drive into work and get a 3 tonne vehicle around untreated roads. No excuse as far as i'm concerned[/p][/quote]Your naivety beggers belief. It's a shame that when you managed to battle your way to school through extreme weather, you never actually managed to learn anything... You're not one of the stafffers that work at the Daily Planet, I mean Echo, writing some crass, glib remarks to ignite some kind of puerile debate?[/p][/quote]No they're a flamer trying to wind you all up and it's worked hasn't it lol! (stafffers?) :S freemantlegirl2
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12:12am Thu 7 Jan 10

Brite Spark says...

Again this teaches children that it is okay to give in to adversity, rather than to fight it. It's not their fault, it's the teachers who live further away from schools than their students who can't get in, or rather wont 'risk' getting in. I drive 30 miles along the M27/A27 to work, and have made it in these last 2 days, but I'm no shirker, it just takes a bit of effort.
These children will become adults who think that snow is an excuse to take a day off work.
Again this teaches children that it is okay to give in to adversity, rather than to fight it. It's not their fault, it's the teachers who live further away from schools than their students who can't get in, or rather wont 'risk' getting in. I drive 30 miles along the M27/A27 to work, and have made it in these last 2 days, but I'm no shirker, it just takes a bit of effort. These children will become adults who think that snow is an excuse to take a day off work. Brite Spark
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1:45am Thu 7 Jan 10

Lazy says...

I totaly agree with you....All main roads would be clear by 9pm school time....its simple really if you think about it....teachers are lazy !!! back in my day we never had "teacher training days" and other rubbish excuses to have days off !!! as for most of the negative comments on here im guessing they are posted by school pupils and lazy parents who dont want to travel in the cold....i mean come on people what the hell do people who live in "say" switzerland do seeing as they have snow 365 days a year ???....not go to school fullstop ?? its simple......TEACHERS GET PAID WAY TO MUCH AND LOVE THE FACT OF HAVING AS MUCH TIME OFF AS POSIBBLE !!!
I totaly agree with you....All main roads would be clear by 9pm school time....its simple really if you think about it....teachers are lazy !!! back in my day we never had "teacher training days" and other rubbish excuses to have days off !!! as for most of the negative comments on here im guessing they are posted by school pupils and lazy parents who dont want to travel in the cold....i mean come on people what the hell do people who live in "say" switzerland do seeing as they have snow 365 days a year ???....not go to school fullstop ?? its simple......TEACHERS GET PAID WAY TO MUCH AND LOVE THE FACT OF HAVING AS MUCH TIME OFF AS POSIBBLE !!! Lazy
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4:50am Thu 7 Jan 10

Brite Spark says...

Britain's gone soft, God help us if the Germans come back.
Bring back Arctic warfare training in Norway for all 10 year olds, that would stop this country's youth from turning into wrapped up in cotton wool compensation claiming politically correct health and safety paranoid benefit seeking big girl's blouses.
Britain's gone soft, God help us if the Germans come back. Bring back Arctic warfare training in Norway for all 10 year olds, that would stop this country's youth from turning into wrapped up in cotton wool compensation claiming politically correct health and safety paranoid benefit seeking big girl's blouses. Brite Spark
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8:55am Thu 7 Jan 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Britain's gone soft, God help us if the Germans come back.
Bring back Arctic warfare training in Norway for all 10 year olds, that would stop this country's youth from turning into wrapped up in cotton wool compensation claiming politically correct health and safety paranoid benefit seeking big girl's blouses.
Arctic warfare (adults only version) does that involve rolling around in snow naked seeing who can freeze their bits off first?!

It's COLD.. soooo cold. Have had quite a laugh watching a female neighbour try to get thick ice off her car with no scraper, no anti-freeze, pour hot water on only for it to freeze again when she went to get more (lucky her windscreen didn't crack!).... a very entertaining half hour. Why aren't people prepared?? it's not as if we didn't have any notice?
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Britain's gone soft, God help us if the Germans come back. Bring back Arctic warfare training in Norway for all 10 year olds, that would stop this country's youth from turning into wrapped up in cotton wool compensation claiming politically correct health and safety paranoid benefit seeking big girl's blouses.[/p][/quote]Arctic warfare (adults only version) does that involve rolling around in snow naked seeing who can freeze their bits off first?! It's COLD.. soooo cold. Have had quite a laugh watching a female neighbour try to get thick ice off her car with no scraper, no anti-freeze, pour hot water on only for it to freeze again when she went to get more (lucky her windscreen didn't crack!).... a very entertaining half hour. Why aren't people prepared?? it's not as if we didn't have any notice? freemantlegirl2
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9:24am Thu 7 Jan 10

arthur boutfaith says...

My fear is the teachers are obviously incapable of teaching THE most important lessons in life, namely; perseverance, tenacity, fortitude and the determination to carry on in the face of adversity.
My fear is the teachers are obviously incapable of teaching THE most important lessons in life, namely; perseverance, tenacity, fortitude and the determination to carry on in the face of adversity. arthur boutfaith
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9:38am Thu 7 Jan 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

arthur boutfaith wrote:
My fear is the teachers are obviously incapable of teaching THE most important lessons in life, namely; perseverance, tenacity, fortitude and the determination to carry on in the face of adversity.
Are us parents not capable of teaching them this too then? As successive governments give them more and more impossible targets to meet, testing - this sort of 'social' teaching has gone out of the window. What do parents look for when choosing a school? it's not the above, it's results on the three R's. Something which 'most' schools on Southampton aren't coming through on with the exception of a couple (at Primary level). Whilst we all differ about modern teaching methods and my problem is with all the focus on 'healthiness' and testing, I certainly wouldn't want my daughter to endure what I did at primary school or secondary for that matter!
[quote][p][bold]arthur boutfaith[/bold] wrote: My fear is the teachers are obviously incapable of teaching THE most important lessons in life, namely; perseverance, tenacity, fortitude and the determination to carry on in the face of adversity.[/p][/quote]Are us parents not capable of teaching them this too then? As successive governments give them more and more impossible targets to meet, testing - this sort of 'social' teaching has gone out of the window. What do parents look for when choosing a school? it's not the above, it's results on the three R's. Something which 'most' schools on Southampton aren't coming through on with the exception of a couple (at Primary level). Whilst we all differ about modern teaching methods and my problem is with all the focus on 'healthiness' and testing, I certainly wouldn't want my daughter to endure what I did at primary school or secondary for that matter! freemantlegirl2
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9:59am Thu 7 Jan 10

Quaestor23 says...

I have no problem with the school being closed, but admit to being rather cheesed off that I checked the school's website and the list of closed schools in Hampshire before setting out, no mention on either, but the school was closed, so drove 30 minutes on (in places) treacherous roads to reach the school only to find it closed and have to come all the way back. Indeed thisishampshire is the only website I've found with details of the closure. So much for schools and education authorities embracing the internet, next time I'll phone!
I have no problem with the school being closed, but admit to being rather cheesed off that I checked the school's website and the list of closed schools in Hampshire before setting out, no mention on either, but the school was closed, so drove 30 minutes on (in places) treacherous roads to reach the school only to find it closed and have to come all the way back. Indeed thisishampshire is the only website I've found with details of the closure. So much for schools and education authorities embracing the internet, next time I'll phone! Quaestor23
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10:11am Thu 7 Jan 10

jc himself says...

My sons school is open and he is mad at me for making him go! All his friends have stayed home with the apparent consent of their parents. I say if it's open you have to go. It was an 8 mile drive (all roads are clear) and some of his friends who live within a mile (easy walking distance) didn't bother ???
My sons school is open and he is mad at me for making him go! All his friends have stayed home with the apparent consent of their parents. I say if it's open you have to go. It was an 8 mile drive (all roads are clear) and some of his friends who live within a mile (easy walking distance) didn't bother ??? jc himself
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10:13am Thu 7 Jan 10

helin0x says...

Stop wasting time and get back to work/school. Nuff said!
Stop wasting time and get back to work/school. Nuff said! helin0x
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10:18am Thu 7 Jan 10

moomoomama says...

Quaestor23 wrote:
I have no problem with the school being closed, but admit to being rather cheesed off that I checked the school's website and the list of closed schools in Hampshire before setting out, no mention on either, but the school was closed, so drove 30 minutes on (in places) treacherous roads to reach the school only to find it closed and have to come all the way back. Indeed thisishampshire is the only website I've found with details of the closure. So much for schools and education authorities embracing the internet, next time I'll phone!
try wave 105's website... got most on there i think. As for schools being closed its nice too have your kids home to play in the snow especially when it doesn't happen often and if their young and not doing important exams i dont see the problem...let kids be kids!
[quote][p][bold]Quaestor23[/bold] wrote: I have no problem with the school being closed, but admit to being rather cheesed off that I checked the school's website and the list of closed schools in Hampshire before setting out, no mention on either, but the school was closed, so drove 30 minutes on (in places) treacherous roads to reach the school only to find it closed and have to come all the way back. Indeed thisishampshire is the only website I've found with details of the closure. So much for schools and education authorities embracing the internet, next time I'll phone![/p][/quote]try wave 105's website... got most on there i think. As for schools being closed its nice too have your kids home to play in the snow especially when it doesn't happen often and if their young and not doing important exams i dont see the problem...let kids be kids! moomoomama
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11:04am Thu 7 Jan 10

max8678 says...

its not the kids that can not get to school, its the teachers that can not get there! my son was all ready and looking forward to walking to school yesterday and today, but at 8.40am, we checked the web site AGAIN , and there it was , closed, i know alot of children that did walk to school, only to be sent straight home yesterday, the children love being at school when it snows as there is a large area of un touched snow!! so any way, i then could not work for 2days, im self employed, they better be back at school 2morra, as were we live there was 1inch of snow!!! even the workmen out front were working yeterday!!
its not the kids that can not get to school, its the teachers that can not get there! my son was all ready and looking forward to walking to school yesterday and today, but at 8.40am, we checked the web site AGAIN , and there it was , closed, i know alot of children that did walk to school, only to be sent straight home yesterday, the children love being at school when it snows as there is a large area of un touched snow!! so any way, i then could not work for 2days, im self employed, they better be back at school 2morra, as were we live there was 1inch of snow!!! even the workmen out front were working yeterday!! max8678
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11:11am Thu 7 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

Yet how many of these teachers/children managed to go shopping in their cars or drive to friends house. I bet quiet a few looking at my local tescos and sainburys car parks yesterday
Yet how many of these teachers/children managed to go shopping in their cars or drive to friends house. I bet quiet a few looking at my local tescos and sainburys car parks yesterday Stupideditor
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11:16am Thu 7 Jan 10

sam25-southampton says...

i live on a steep hill and have to walk up hill to my childs pre-school. My child is 3 years old and I wouldn't take them even if the school was open as it is too dangerous. I remember walking to school in ice, up the same hill, however the pavements and roads had been gritted. Our hill hasn't been gritted, neither has the main A road we live on which is one of the main routes into Southampton.
For those who blame laziness obviously have no concept of what it is like to have a constant worry for your children in todays society. Not only is it children who can cause problems, for example a man of about 35 wlked down our hill throwing 'ice' balls at cars and house windows. I walked out of my front door to empty my rubbish bin and got one full pelt in the side of my face, what if that was my 3 year old.
Good on those who got to work etc. But I think 'stupideditor' really needs to get over himself.
i live on a steep hill and have to walk up hill to my childs pre-school. My child is 3 years old and I wouldn't take them even if the school was open as it is too dangerous. I remember walking to school in ice, up the same hill, however the pavements and roads had been gritted. Our hill hasn't been gritted, neither has the main A road we live on which is one of the main routes into Southampton. For those who blame laziness obviously have no concept of what it is like to have a constant worry for your children in todays society. Not only is it children who can cause problems, for example a man of about 35 wlked down our hill throwing 'ice' balls at cars and house windows. I walked out of my front door to empty my rubbish bin and got one full pelt in the side of my face, what if that was my 3 year old. Good on those who got to work etc. But I think 'stupideditor' really needs to get over himself. sam25-southampton
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11:22am Thu 7 Jan 10

mursmurja says...

I for one am desperate to get into work, but unfortunately work in Reading so have been held back by the prospect of being stranded. I would nevertheless have tried. Having said that my son's school has been closed for four days this week and not just for snow so I cannot get there anyway. Both my partner and I work and what is different about 18 years ago is this is increasingly the case so it is not so easy to find child care. The schools should have a contingency to ensure that at least the children are cared for throughout the day even if it means activities in the school hall. I find it incredible that so many shop workers seem able to get in but public sector workers don't. Even though I am one I can honestly say the sector is fat, idle, over fed and over paid. Cut it back
I for one am desperate to get into work, but unfortunately work in Reading so have been held back by the prospect of being stranded. I would nevertheless have tried. Having said that my son's school has been closed for four days this week and not just for snow so I cannot get there anyway. Both my partner and I work and what is different about 18 years ago is this is increasingly the case so it is not so easy to find child care. The schools should have a contingency to ensure that at least the children are cared for throughout the day even if it means activities in the school hall. I find it incredible that so many shop workers seem able to get in but public sector workers don't. Even though I am one I can honestly say the sector is fat, idle, over fed and over paid. Cut it back mursmurja
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11:29am Thu 7 Jan 10

S!mon says...

Top_Gun wrote:
Stupideditor wrote:
sarah74 wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.
Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs
Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that.
18+ years ago your parents wouldn't sue the school if you fell over during school time and banged your head.

These days, if any child fell over and banged their head on a school playing field the 2nd thing people think about is liability and who to sue. (1st thing people think about is obviously the welfare of the child.)
[quote][p][bold]Top_Gun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah74[/bold] wrote: These closures are made for the safety of children, we have to think about their safety getting to the schools. Also if schools have to close early due to heating problems etc can the parents get to the schools if they are at work, and like myself had to in fact walk to work today. I think the comments by stupid editor are ridiculous. People like that make my blood boil of how stupid they really are.[/p][/quote]Safety, what safety. loads of kids playing with snow balls along pavements and in front gardens. Wheres the safety in that. Just an excuse this safety PC. I enjoyed playing in the play ground when it snowed and to be honest was safer there. Why can't kids walk to school, i'll tell you why too fat and too lazy. This country has gone to the dogs[/p][/quote]Someone seems to have a chip on their shoulder about Laziness, I'm sure you'd be the first to moan if your child had an accident in a snowy playground. Things have changed a bit in the last 2 decades. Think you and Arthur Boutfaith need to realise that.[/p][/quote]18+ years ago your parents wouldn't sue the school if you fell over during school time and banged your head. These days, if any child fell over and banged their head on a school playing field the 2nd thing people think about is liability and who to sue. (1st thing people think about is obviously the welfare of the child.) S!mon
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11:59am Thu 7 Jan 10

AD74 says...

I blame the USA! They started the "where there's a blame there's a claim" culture. Can you imagine the cost to the schools if one parent sued because their child fell over and broke an arm. that is one of the many reasons why schools close in the area. Plus that was a rubbish idea, whoever said that teachers should live close to the school. That should apply to everyone then, all those stupid people commuting to London and then having to stay home because transport has shut down. Fact is in the good old days people did not sue, people including teachers did live close but that is not the case these days, who would want to keep bumping into pupils at the weekend!
I blame the USA! They started the "where there's a blame there's a claim" culture. Can you imagine the cost to the schools if one parent sued because their child fell over and broke an arm. that is one of the many reasons why schools close in the area. Plus that was a rubbish idea, whoever said that teachers should live close to the school. That should apply to everyone then, all those stupid people commuting to London and then having to stay home because transport has shut down. Fact is in the good old days people did not sue, people including teachers did live close but that is not the case these days, who would want to keep bumping into pupils at the weekend! AD74
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12:38pm Thu 7 Jan 10

rabbitlady says...

This report is very misleading, many people are reading it wrong and think that the schools listed are closed on Friday !
This report is very misleading, many people are reading it wrong and think that the schools listed are closed on Friday ! rabbitlady
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1:05pm Thu 7 Jan 10

rabbitlady says...

This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet.
This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet. rabbitlady
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1:29pm Thu 7 Jan 10

123456789 says...

Stupideditor really is living up to their name and making an utter fool of themselves ... because the ONLY people who attend schools are teachers and pupils. Of course there aren't any caretakers, canteen staff, administrative assistants, secretaries, teaching assistants etc. who make up about half of a school's workforce. And everyone of these are clearly not "lazy" (to quote our Stupideditor) and make it into work through black ice and 20cms of snow. But hey, this all seems like good sport because the fool that is (allegedly) the Stupideditor bites at every comment made against them ... so go on, 'ave a go if you are 'ard enough!!! Fiiiiggghhht!
Stupideditor really is living up to their name and making an utter fool of themselves ... because the ONLY people who attend schools are teachers and pupils. Of course there aren't any caretakers, canteen staff, administrative assistants, secretaries, teaching assistants etc. who make up about half of a school's workforce. And everyone of these are clearly not "lazy" (to quote our Stupideditor) and make it into work through black ice and 20cms of snow. But hey, this all seems like good sport because the fool that is (allegedly) the Stupideditor bites at every comment made against them ... so go on, 'ave a go if you are 'ard enough!!! Fiiiiggghhht! 123456789
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1:37pm Thu 7 Jan 10

ÚTS says...

rabbitlady wrote:
This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet.
It is only misleading if you are a moron who doesn't read things properly.

What part of "Most schools on the lists below are closed on Thursday only. Schools that are closed on Friday are highlighted" didn't you understand?

Berk.
[quote][p][bold]rabbitlady[/bold] wrote: This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet.[/p][/quote]It is only misleading if you are a moron who doesn't read things properly. What part of "Most schools on the lists below are closed on Thursday only. Schools that are closed on Friday are highlighted" didn't you understand? Berk. ÚTS
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2:46pm Thu 7 Jan 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

ÚTS wrote:
rabbitlady wrote:
This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet.
It is only misleading if you are a moron who doesn't read things properly.

What part of "Most schools on the lists below are closed on Thursday only. Schools that are closed on Friday are highlighted" didn't you understand?

Berk.
I only ever see 'flame' comments from you, so it is you who is a berk to treat this lady like that. Sometimes someone is busy and don't take in every single bit of the article! I must admit it does give the 'impression' that these are schools that are closed, it's only on closer inspection you can see this may not be the case. You can correct someone without name-calling but then I guess it's the only thing you ever do on here, so par for the course.
[quote][p][bold]ÚTS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rabbitlady[/bold] wrote: This report is very misleading because many people think that the listed schools are closed thursday and friday when infact a decision about friday hasnt been made yet.[/p][/quote]It is only misleading if you are a moron who doesn't read things properly. What part of "Most schools on the lists below are closed on Thursday only. Schools that are closed on Friday are highlighted" didn't you understand? Berk.[/p][/quote]I only ever see 'flame' comments from you, so it is you who is a berk to treat this lady like that. Sometimes someone is busy and don't take in every single bit of the article! I must admit it does give the 'impression' that these are schools that are closed, it's only on closer inspection you can see this may not be the case. You can correct someone without name-calling but then I guess it's the only thing you ever do on here, so par for the course. freemantlegirl2
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3:06pm Thu 7 Jan 10

kay41 says...

St George Catholic College is open for Year 10 & Year 11 only on Friday 8th Jan.
St George Catholic College is open for Year 10 & Year 11 only on Friday 8th Jan. kay41
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5:46pm Thu 7 Jan 10

bravebeth says...

It is so strange that the nursery is open all day. Parents can get their babies to the nursery yet the schools in the area could not be bothered to open. All the children were outside being a nuisance and acting antisocially.

We should follow USA and all snow days are ended at the end of the term to make up the number of attendances. Headteachers would not be so willing to close the schools if they had shorter holidays.

Householders could help by clearing the pavement in front of their houses to enable pedestrians to walk safely. I am appalled by the number of house owners who have made no attempt to clear the pavements.
It is so strange that the nursery is open all day. Parents can get their babies to the nursery yet the schools in the area could not be bothered to open. All the children were outside being a nuisance and acting antisocially. We should follow USA and all snow days are ended at the end of the term to make up the number of attendances. Headteachers would not be so willing to close the schools if they had shorter holidays. Householders could help by clearing the pavement in front of their houses to enable pedestrians to walk safely. I am appalled by the number of house owners who have made no attempt to clear the pavements. bravebeth
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7:34pm Thu 7 Jan 10

S Pance says...

Just to clarify the decision to close a School is a joint one made by the Headteacher and the chair of governors, in consultation with the council and met office.

Generally a school will close when there is a likely danger posed to staff and/or pupils in getting to school.

If conditons are forecast to deteriorate sharply during the day then the School might also close. No one wants staff/pupils to be snowed in over night as it can be very difficult to contact parents during the working day.

Lastly, there's a legal teacher/child ratio. If the School can't meet this through likely staff absence then the school legall can't open.
Just to clarify the decision to close a School is a joint one made by the Headteacher and the chair of governors, in consultation with the council and met office. Generally a school will close when there is a likely danger posed to staff and/or pupils in getting to school. If conditons are forecast to deteriorate sharply during the day then the School might also close. No one wants staff/pupils to be snowed in over night as it can be very difficult to contact parents during the working day. Lastly, there's a legal teacher/child ratio. If the School can't meet this through likely staff absence then the school legall can't open. S Pance
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7:38pm Thu 7 Jan 10

Top_Gun says...

Lazy wrote:
I totaly agree with you....All main roads would be clear by 9pm school time....its simple really if you think about it....teachers are lazy !!! back in my day we never had "teacher training days" and other rubbish excuses to have days off !!! as for most of the negative comments on here im guessing they are posted by school pupils and lazy parents who dont want to travel in the cold....i mean come on people what the hell do people who live in "say" switzerland do seeing as they have snow 365 days a year ???....not go to school fullstop ?? its simple......TEACHERS GET PAID WAY TO MUCH AND LOVE THE FACT OF HAVING AS MUCH TIME OFF AS POSIBBLE !!!
I agree, Teachers do get paid highly and fair play to them... they're all educated and frankly have to put up with alot of S**t from pupils that are not set the correct standards at home.

Also if you knew anything about a teachers job you'd know that "Teacher Training Days" are not a holiday for the teachers.
[quote][p][bold]Lazy[/bold] wrote: I totaly agree with you....All main roads would be clear by 9pm school time....its simple really if you think about it....teachers are lazy !!! back in my day we never had "teacher training days" and other rubbish excuses to have days off !!! as for most of the negative comments on here im guessing they are posted by school pupils and lazy parents who dont want to travel in the cold....i mean come on people what the hell do people who live in "say" switzerland do seeing as they have snow 365 days a year ???....not go to school fullstop ?? its simple......TEACHERS GET PAID WAY TO MUCH AND LOVE THE FACT OF HAVING AS MUCH TIME OFF AS POSIBBLE !!![/p][/quote]I agree, Teachers do get paid highly and fair play to them... they're all educated and frankly have to put up with alot of S**t from pupils that are not set the correct standards at home. Also if you knew anything about a teachers job you'd know that "Teacher Training Days" are not a holiday for the teachers. Top_Gun
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9:38pm Thu 7 Jan 10

alabaster says...

Lazy,
Please stop blaiming teachers at the drop of a hat. Its too easy.
I'm not a teacher. I have no personal reason to defend them but in my extensive experience I witness that they work extraordinarily hard. I have met many hundreds of them over the years when I have worked with schools through industry. They have a really challenging job and Teacher Training Days are not days off - that is not true. I have run many such days with teachers and most are so dedicated they work before school, into the evening and at weekend and holidays. Many of them doing two peoples jobs. They earn every penny of their pay. Think about how hard it is bringing kids up and then imagine having 20 kids to inform, inspire, entertain, lead, care for and manage all day. Then think of all the complaining parents. Are you so sure you can criticise so freely?
Lazy, Please stop blaiming teachers at the drop of a hat. Its too easy. I'm not a teacher. I have no personal reason to defend them but in my extensive experience I witness that they work extraordinarily hard. I have met many hundreds of them over the years when I have worked with schools through industry. They have a really challenging job and Teacher Training Days are not days off - that is not true. I have run many such days with teachers and most are so dedicated they work before school, into the evening and at weekend and holidays. Many of them doing two peoples jobs. They earn every penny of their pay. Think about how hard it is bringing kids up and then imagine having 20 kids to inform, inspire, entertain, lead, care for and manage all day. Then think of all the complaining parents. Are you so sure you can criticise so freely? alabaster
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2:39am Fri 8 Jan 10

Granny_Smith says...

Remember when the caretaker lived in a house next to the school? How many of those properties have been sold off along with the playing fields?

Remember when all children walked to school? Now the roads are gridlocked with school run traffic.

It’s the children who suffer. I would hate to be a child in this day and age with so much bureaucracy and so little freedom.
Remember when the caretaker lived in a house next to the school? How many of those properties have been sold off along with the playing fields? Remember when all children walked to school? Now the roads are gridlocked with school run traffic. It’s the children who suffer. I would hate to be a child in this day and age with so much bureaucracy and so little freedom. Granny_Smith
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11:47am Fri 8 Jan 10

Stupideditor says...

123456789 wrote:
Stupideditor really is living up to their name and making an utter fool of themselves ... because the ONLY people who attend schools are teachers and pupils. Of course there aren't any caretakers, canteen staff, administrative assistants, secretaries, teaching assistants etc. who make up about half of a school's workforce. And everyone of these are clearly not "lazy" (to quote our Stupideditor) and make it into work through black ice and 20cms of snow. But hey, this all seems like good sport because the fool that is (allegedly) the Stupideditor bites at every comment made against them ... so go on, 'ave a go if you are 'ard enough!!! Fiiiiggghhht!
And what about people of our emergency service like call takers, officers, frontline staff, admin etc.. They manage to get into work to keep this country running! Or maybe as it would appear from most of the comments these people should stay at home also for their own safety.
[quote][p][bold]123456789[/bold] wrote: Stupideditor really is living up to their name and making an utter fool of themselves ... because the ONLY people who attend schools are teachers and pupils. Of course there aren't any caretakers, canteen staff, administrative assistants, secretaries, teaching assistants etc. who make up about half of a school's workforce. And everyone of these are clearly not "lazy" (to quote our Stupideditor) and make it into work through black ice and 20cms of snow. But hey, this all seems like good sport because the fool that is (allegedly) the Stupideditor bites at every comment made against them ... so go on, 'ave a go if you are 'ard enough!!! Fiiiiggghhht![/p][/quote]And what about people of our emergency service like call takers, officers, frontline staff, admin etc.. They manage to get into work to keep this country running! Or maybe as it would appear from most of the comments these people should stay at home also for their own safety. Stupideditor
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