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Snow school head thanks parents

A head teacher who kept her school open during the worst of the snowfall has praised the "commitment and determination" of parents and staff.

Hilary Salter from Horley Infant School in Surrey ran classes on Monday and Tuesday when almost all children in the county were turned away from lessons.

It was the only Surrey school to stay open throughout the week.

Mrs Salter said parents and staff made a "fantastic effort" to provide for the children during the severe weather.

She added: "We're a community school and we were just being available for the community.

"It is a working day and there was no reason why we should not continue as usual."

'Wonderful opportunities'

The school, which has 220 pupils aged between five and seven, used the snow as a teaching opportunity, staging lessons outdoors and focusing on science and literacy.

Mrs Salter, who said her objective was to make the school safe , said the weather provided "wonderful opportunities to learn".

About 80% of pupils arrived at school when the snow was at its worst.

Mrs Salter added: "It was not that difficult, but without the commitment and determination of parents and staff, it would not have happened."

She said schools should open if it was safe and circumstances permitted them to do so.

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "We would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of some schools to get up and running again."

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