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Spalding Academy, Bourne Academy and Donington's Thomas Cowley High School to close due to heatwave

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Three of our secondary schools have announced they will not open tomorrow (Tuesday) as a result of the ongoing heatwave.

Spalding Academy, Bourne Academy and Thomas Cowley High School in Donington will be shut for a day as temperatures are predicted to reach 40C.

The schools are part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) - along with Old Leake's Giles Academy - and say a closure is the 'right thing' given the 'extreme weather situation'.

Spalding Academy executive headteacher Lucy Conley
Spalding Academy executive headteacher Lucy Conley

In a letter to parents, executive headteacher Lucy Conley said: "Having listened again to the weather forecast and having reviewed this extreme weather situation again this evening, it is clear that the forecast temperatures have risen even more, with now a potential 42 degrees plus in some areas. Therefore, it has been agreed by the senior team that Bourne Academy, Spalding Academy, Giles Academy and the Thomas Cowley High School will now be closed on Tuesday 19th July 2022.

"This has been a very difficult decision, which has not been taken lightly. We have coped well in all schools today. However, in light of even hotter weather, we have again reviewed students travel to and from school, and are now extremely concerned about heat on crowded buses and for our students who walk quite a distance to school.

"Additionally, now with a number of local secondary and primary schools, and some local nurseries announcing closures late this afternoon and this evening, this has meant that staff absence has been impacted on far more than first anticipated and covering all classes will be a significant challenge.

"However, please note that despite being classed as a full school closure in all four centres, we feel it necessary and want to continue to support families of key workers only who cannot accommodate their child/children at home, as we did during the pandemic. For these parents all four schools will remain open and you can send your child to school, where they will be registered on entry to school.

"For these students the measures in the letter issued earlier today will apply and with the significantly reduced numbers that we will now be expecting you can be reassured that we will be able to accommodate students safely in the air conditioned rooms and inside of the building. Parents will not need to book in for a school place, will be able to support all those students who arrive."

Staff are all having to go into work as usual.

The heatwave has already caused Spalding rail services to be cancelled and changes to be made to bin collections. However, MP Sir John Hayes criticised 'snowflake Britain' for being 'frightened' of the heat.

The schools plan to open as normal on Wednesday.

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