Sheffield schools defy winter blast

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SCHOOLS across Sheffield coped well with the latest blast of winter weather – in marked contrast to just over a fortnight ago.

Then 76 out of the city’s 172 schools were shut while many others opened late to allow staff and students to get into classes on time.

But this time only 11 schools closed for the day – and five of those were special schools which are often dependent on transport ferrying pupils in from around the city.

Bents Green, Rowan, Talbot, Woolley Wood and Norfolk Park were the special schools affected.

Also shut for the day were King Ecgbert, High Storrs and King Edward VII secondaries, as well as Mosborough, High Green and Totley All Saints primaries.

High Storrs made a very late decision to close, with messages to parents sent out too late to prevent many pupils from arriving as normal.

Arrangements were made to make sure they would be cared for and they were eventually sent home at around 11am.

Only five schools and children’s centres opened late for business this time, such as Tapton and Lydgate Juniors in Crosspool which were up and running by 10am.

Two schools in Rotherham closed their doors – Rawmarsh Sports College and Maltby St Mary’s RC Primary.

But Barnsley and Doncaster schools were largely unaffected by the weather.