Students back at high school after two-day break

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9am: Students are back behind their desks at Thomas Cowley High School in Donington after a two-day absence because snow and ice.

Senior staff at the school cancelled lessons on Monday and Tuesday because of “dangerous site conditions” caused by heavy snow overnight on Sunday and severe frost during the night on Monday.

The school’s site team spent two days making playgrounds and footpaths safe enough for students and staff to use and headteacher Martyn Taylor said closing the school for two days was the right decision.

He added: “It’s quite a complex site because we have three playgrounds and students have to move across all of them to get to the classrooms.

“We made the decision to close the school on Monday and Tuesday on health and safety grounds in consultation with the site manager.

“It wasn’t a decision we took lightly but in the end, we had to be cautious where there would have been so many people moving around on a frozen site.”

TUESDAY 9.30am: Students at Thomas Cowley High School are facing their second day away from the classroom after lessons were cancelled again today. A message on the school’s website said lessons were cancelled because of “dangerous site conditions” affecting about 650 students.

Year 10 geography exams went ahead yesterday but there is no indication yet of whether the school will be open tomorrow.

MONDAY 9.15am: Heavy overnight snow has caused severe disruption to roads and schools in South Holland and The Deepings today.

Thomas Cowley High School in Donington and Willoughby School in Bourne are both closed today, although senior staff at the High School are advising students sitting their geography exam today to come in for 1.15pm.

There were widespread tailbacks on roads coming into Spalding, Bourne and Market Deeping, including the A15, A16 and A17.

Conditions were particularly hazardous on the A15 North Street between the A151 Abbey Road junction in Bourne and the A1175 in Market Deeping because of ice and snow.

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