More than 200 schools closed because of snow

Northampton Road, Kettering, on Friday, January 18

Northampton Road, Kettering, on Friday, January 18

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More than 200 Northamptonshire schools have announced that they will be closed today (Monday January 21) because of bad weather conditions.

As the weather deteriorated throughout Sunday, a number head teachers took the decision early to inform parents about closures.

Many schools blamed ‘unsafe conditions’ on school sites and ‘dangerous roads’ for closures, including Tresham College, who tweeted earlier this morning, “Due to the adverse weather conditions and disruption to travel ALL Tresham campuses will be closed today, Monday 21st January 2013.”

Northamptonshire’s County Council has also taken the decision to cancel its Home to School transport service and social care help transport for today following overnight review of the weather conditions.

However, the council did state that the cancellation of the service does not automatically mean that schools will close, so parents must check the county council website for confirmed closures.

Schools have taken the decision after snow continued to fall across the county creating potentially dangerous driving conditions on some roads.

However, some schools have said that planned exams will continue to go ahead. For information on further school closures, and the continuation of planned exams, visit http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/school closures/

Gritter trucks have been working around the clock to keep the roads clear and since midnight on Sunday, Northamptonshire County Council wintermaintenance crews have completed seven gritting runs across the county.

Snow ploughs were fitted to gritting lorries as heavy snow swept the region on Sunday, bringing accumulations of several inches.