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Weather update: Snow forces Suffolk school closures

PUBLISHED: 11:34 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:34 21 January 2013

Children making the most of the snowy weather.

Children making the most of the snowy weather.


THE latest blanket of snow has forced the closure of around 200 schools in Suffolk for the day.

The ever-growing list includes schools in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Framlingham.

Schools include:

Beck Row P

On Track Children’s Centre

Roman Hill Children’s Centre

Village Rise Children’s Centre

Highfield Children’s Centre

Leiston Children’s Centre

Meadow Children’s Centre

Jigsaw Children’s Centre

St Botolphs CEVCP School

Oaks Children’s Centre

High Suffolk Children’s Centre

Brett River Children’s Centre

Eye Children and Young People’s Centre

Cherry Blossom Children’s Centre

Cartwheels Children’s Centre

Sea Breeze Children’s Centre

Combs Ford CP

Mendlesham CP

Bacton CP

Bosmere CP


Great Barton CEVCP

Ixworth CEVCP

Badwell Ash CEVAP

Bardwell CEVCP

All Saints CEVAP School

Edgar Sewter CP School

Roman Hill Primary School

Denes High School

Sir John Leman High School

All Saints CEVCM

Uplands M

Helmingham CP School

Crawford’s CEVCP,

Freeman CP

Newmarket College

Albany Centre

Norton CEVCP

Rougham CEVCP

Woolpit CP

Elmsett CEVCP School

Kessingland CEVCP School

Pakefield School

Mendham Primary School

St Edmund’s Primary School

Barnby and North Cove CP School

Southwold Primary School

Wilby CEVCP School

Bildeston Primary School

Beccles Free School

Ringsfield CEVCP School

Carlton Colville Primary School

Bungay High School

Pot Kiln P

Great Cornard M

Thomas Gainsborough School

Bungay Primary School

Corton CEVCP School

Grove Primary School

Elmswell CP

Glemsford CP

Rattlesden CEVCP

First Base

East Point Academy

Chilton CP

St Joseph’s RCP

Kingsfield Centre

Barnham CEVCP

Old Newton CEVCP

Bedfield CEVCP School

Castle Manor Academy

Wells Hall CP


Lavenham CP

Long Melford CEVCP


Easton CP School

Fen Park CP School

Oulton Broad Primary School

Poplars CP School

Cavendish CEVCP

Clare CP

Beaumont CP School

Hintlesham and Chattisham CEVCP School

Bramfield CEVCP School

Somerleyton Primary School

Wenhaston Primary School

Coupals CP

St Louis RCVAP

Glade CP

Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School

St Mary’s RCP School

Worlingworth CEVCP School

All Saints CEVAP

Creeting St Mary CEVAP

Great Heath P

Hundon CP

Moulton CEVCP

Paddocks P

St Peter and St Paul CEVAP School

All Saints CEVCP

Forest Academy

Lakenheath CP

Thurlow CEVCP

Thurston CEVCP

Westbridge Unit

Elveden Church of England Primary Academy

St Edmundsbury CEVAP

Snape CP School

Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Thorndon CEVCP School

Debenham High School

Stradbroke High School

Westbourne Sports College

Kingsfleet Primary School

Aldeburgh Primary School

Middleton CP School

Peasenhall Primary School

Rendlesham CP School

St Mary’s CEVCP School


Sidegate Primary School

Parkside Unit

Britannia Primary School and Nursery

Northfield St Nicholas Primary School

Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School

St Mary’s CEVAP School

Dennington CEVCP School

Charsfield CEVCP

Ranelagh Primary School


Monks Eleigh CEVCP

East Bergholt CEVCP School

Whatfield CEVCP School

Ickworth Park P

Exning P

Tollgate P

Leiston Primary School

St Gregory CEVCP

Stoke-by-Nayland CEVCP

Bealings School

Dell Primary School

Nayland P

Kersey CEVCP School

Blundeston CEVCP School

Boxford CEVCP


Woods Loke CP School

Bacton CM

Abbot’s Hall CP

Wood Ley CP

Needham Market M

Hadleigh High School

Horringer Court M

County Upper

Earl Soham CP School

Kedington CP

Wickhambrook CP

Coldfair Green CP School

Great Whelnetham CEVCP

St Edmund’s Catholic P

Place Farm Primary Academy

Pakefield Primary School

St Margaret’s CP School

Elm Tree CP School

Meadow CP School

Houldsworth Valley CP

Cedars Park CP

Stoke-by-Nayland M

Hillside, Sudbury

East Bergholt High School

IES Breckland School

Wetheringsett CEVCP School

St Felix RCP

Blackbourne CEVCM

Beyton Middle School

Holton St Peter CP School

Ilketshall St Lawrence School

Whitton Green CP School

Stradbroke CEVCP School

Hardwick M

St Louis Catholic M


Kelsale CEVCP School

King Edward VI CEVCU

St Benedict’s Catholic

Alde Valley School

Thurston Community College

Ixworth M

Ashley School

Gunton CP School

Fressingfield CEVAP School

Burton End CP

Combs M

Stowmarket H

Saxmundham Primary School

Benjamin Britten High School

Stowmarket M

Warren School

Howard M

Abbots Green CP

Beacon Hill School

Bridge School, Primary Site

Bridge School, Secondary Site

Thomas Wolsey School


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  • In 1963 winter I was 7 ...I walked from the Lattice barn To Sidegate lane.....The snow was over the top of our Wellington boots ...we took plimsolls and spare socks with us....I cant remember the schools closing because of snow ..now wit seems that all they want is a excuse ....

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • For the safety of children and staff John!!! There are NOT lazy teachers in Suffolk!

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • What ignorant comments - teachers have no say in whether a school is closed or not - most schools close as the bus companies transporting students into school refuse to run - safety of students is the most important thing, and headteachers don't take that decision lightly. The 1960s argument is ridiculous too - there are lots of things you did in the 1960s that we don't do now because we know better, eg. hop into the car to drive home after 4 pints, pile 6 kids into the back and one in the boot, etc. And, for your information most of the special schools are closed today if you look at the official county council list!

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • It is up to parents as to whether the journey to school is safe. Not teachers. If parents have to go to work I really don’t see why teachers cannot. To just close because of a little bit of snow is hugely inconvenient for working parents and disruptive for the child's education. To suggest that stupid things that were done in the 60s is the same as all the marijuana smokers saying alcohol is dangerous. Its a distraction argument. If teachers cannot cope with the work they should try getting a job in the outside world. Then they would find employers far less willing to give them days off through snow. Unless the roads are impassable they should be at work. Or at the very least take time off with no pay if they want to sit by the fire.

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    John Alborough

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Teachers are not Lazy what a nasty comment most teachers i suspect live quite a way from their schools that they teach in and must really struggle to get into school. A school cannot teach properly if there are teachers missing. The schools are damned if they shut and damned if they don't . Come on Give them a break it's a very hard decision to make in such dreadful weather conditions .

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I bet that if the teachers,did not get paid they would be at work.Cant get to work because of the snow. How come my postman can always get to work. Lazy-Lazy-Lazy.

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    mr prentice

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • All I've heard today is how the teachers should be like everyone else and do some work. I, like most teachers, was up and ready for work this morning. We get the call, school is closed. It wasn't the teachers decision, but as has been mentioned, the bus companies. Did I go back to bed and have a lazy day? No. It was straight to getting work for students to access at home. It was sitting online helping those students at home who were doing the work. It was marking work, planning lessons and writing reports. Most teachers will have carried out a full days work. In 1963, when you walked to school, I'm sure you were wrapped up. How many children have you seen today in just a hoodie. Back then, if you slipped, got a snow ball in your eye, or a bad cold from walking in the snow, it was one of those things. The second reason we closed today was because if a children slipped and hurt themselves, ended up ill because they were too cold, or got a snow ball in the eye, teachers and schools would be blamed. Therefore, health and safety rules are now in place that weren't there before. If people actually began supporting schools and teachers and what they were trying to do and taking some responsibility themselve, rather than continually blaming, then maybe, just maybe the education system would improve. Rant over. Thanks to the other posters who actually came out to support teachers.

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If the head teacher has chosen to shut a school there is nothing that the teachers can do about it, so saying they should not get paid is silly - they have not chosen to take a day off! It is pathetic to suggest that teachers are taking a day off because they can't cope with their job - that has no bearing on whether it's a snow day or not. Interestingly, Facebook was full of comments this morning from parents wanting a snow day!

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Should be all open, bunch of jellyfish.

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    jungle boy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • With your ridiculous comments you just want reactions! Spend a week in a school and then you'll realise what the life of a teacher is like. It's hard work and we work more hours then people in the 'outside world'. Tonight you can sit by the fire, while teachers have worked at home and this evening to get ready for lessons and do paperwork.

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Schools closed. With the ecepotion of special schools - why? There are no blocked roads. But there are lots of lazy teachers.

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    John Alborough

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Well if you dont like being a teacher - get anothe job. Simples.

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    John Alborough

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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