Dozens of schools across the country have closed due to extreme weather, with the Met Office issuing a ‘red’ warning due to rising temperatures.
With temperatures potentially reaching 41 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, many schools closed until Wednesday July 20.
Grenoside Community Primary School in Sheffield said it would close the school due to the “red weather warning for extreme heat and unsafe school site”.
King Edward VII School in Sheffield also closed its primary school on Monday afternoon and expects it to remain closed on Tuesday, while in Lincoln, St Christopher’s School has announced it will be closed until Wednesday in due to heat.
In Buckinghamshire, more than 50 schools have closed, while four schools have announced closures in West Berkshire and 17 full or partial closures have been announced in Cambridgeshire.
More than 30 schools have closed in Oxfordshire, with many planning to remain closed until Wednesday, although some say they will wait to review the situation before deciding whether to close on Tuesday.
Some schools even close due to a lack of water supply in extreme weather conditions.
North Wootton Academy and South Wootton Junior and Infant School in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, are closed due to a low water supply during the heat.
Others remained open but canceled planned school trips due to weather. St Martin’s School in Brentwood, Essex has canceled planned outings to Alton Towers and Southend-on-Sea due to the heat.
Alan Roe, headmaster of Dr Challoner High School in Buckinghamshire, wrote to parents on Friday to say that ‘due to the deteriorating weather forecast and the red weather alert (which was orange this morning) we have decided to close school Monday and Tuesday for health and safety reasons.
He added that the school would open as scheduled on Wednesday morning and close for the year at noon.
“A lot of our classrooms are very uncomfortable when temperatures are in the mid-20s,” Roe said.
He said that with temperatures forecast up to 40 degrees Celsius on Monday and Tuesday, “we cannot keep the temperature in many of our rooms at an acceptable and safe level”, adding that this decision was made in collaboration with several other local schools. .
The NEU teachers’ union released a statement saying it would “support school leaders in making professional decisions to deal with the red warning, including in certain circumstances closing or partially closing schools”.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: ‘There are clear government guidelines available online to help school staff care for children in hot weather, including the use of ventilation, the hydration of children and prevention of vigorous physical activity for students.
“Individual headteachers are responsible for managing their own local situation, but we are not advising schools to close.”