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More than 10,000 UK schools have been shut by snow

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Snowy weather has extended the Christmas holidays for some pupils

More than 10,000 schools across the UK have been shut or disrupted because of the bad weather.

The snow and ice gave children an extended Christmas holiday on Tuesday as schools were unable to open and many more were closed on Wednesday.

About 9,000 schools were shut across England on Wednesday, more than 900 were shut in Wales, hundreds in Scotland and 35 in Northern Ireland.

As snowfalls continued, many schools sent children home early.

Officials are warning schools might be closed tomorrow as well.

Schools across the north of England - including in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield - were particularly affected as snow and sub-zero temperatures swept across the country.

Where staff have been unable to travel there have also been closures, while other schools closed because of problems with heating or surrounding icy roads.

Schools have also closed in Scotland , where 250 are due to be shut on Thursday and in Wales where heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures have also caused chaos. Northern Ireland was also affected by the weather.

Parents are being advised to check school and local authority websites for information. There are also updates available from local BBC websites .


More than 425 schools were closed in West Yorkshire and more than 80 did not open across North Yorkshire. Just over 300 schools were closed in South Yorkshire, about 30 schools closed in East Yorkshire and another eight in Hull.

More than 300 schools remained shut in the North East as pupils stayed at home in Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland.

Teesside saw more than 70 schools remain shut while in Cumbria more than 135 schools stayed closed on Wednesday.


More than 700 schools have been closed on Wednesday in the Greater Manchester area, including 159 in Stockport and 102 in Salford, where the city council announced all its schools, children's centres and local authority nurseries would remain shut.

In Bury, 77 schools were closed, in Wigan 76 schools and colleges were shut, in Bolton 93 were shut, in Oldham 99, in Tameside 99 schools were closed and in Rochdale 68.

A total of 340 schools are closed across Lancashire.

No schools opened in Warrington or St Helens on Wednesday and about 90 have closed in Liverpool - half the city's total number.

Elsewhere on Merseyside, 115 schools across Wirral were shut, almost 60 in Knowsley and a similar number in Sefton.

More than 45 schools were closed across north Staffordshire and south Cheshire. Chester schools were closed.

In Cumbria more than 135 schools stayed closed on Wednesday.


More than 1,000 schools were closed in the west midlands area including more than 200 in Birmingham and the Black Country and 250 in Warwickshire. There were 83 closures in Herefordshire, 92 in Shropshire, 80 in Staffordshire and 228 in Worcestershire.


More than 200 schools were closed in Nottinghamshire. There were reported to be 211 closures in Derbyshire and 13 closures across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. In Lincolnshire 47 schools were closed.

In Northamptonshire, 137 schools were closed, .


More than 250 schools were shut in Buckinghamshire and in Milton Keynes, only four of the 106 schools opened.

In Hampshire, 477 schools closed and on the Isle of Wight 71 were shut.

Surrey County Council's website shows 378 schools closed. The council says "most" of its schools are shut. In Oxfordshire, 279 schools were closed.

Over 100 schools were closed in Essex and almost 200 in Berkshire. In East Sussex, 139 schools were closed while in West Sussex there were 280 full or partial closures.

In Kent and Medway, at least 89 schools were closed.


Central London was not badly affected, but outer boroughs were. In Harrow, 58 schools were closed and in Barnet, half of schools were, with council officials warning that the main issue now was "getting the children home today".

In Croydon, 50 schools were closed, in Bromley the figure was 35, in Merton 55.

In Enfield, 20 schools closed and in Hounslow the figure was 18. In Waltham Forest, about 30 schools were closed - a third of the total.

Only one school in Westminster is believed to have closed and there were no closures in Southwark. In Hammersmith, Lewisham and Fulham, only one school closed.


About 90 schools were closed in Dorset. In Devon there were more than 250 school closures on Wednesday, with 213 out of 274 shut due to the weather in Cornwall.

Gloucestershire County Council said 330 schools, colleges and children's centres were closed.

About 270 schools did not open for lessons in Somerset and in Wiltshire 167 schools, colleges and nurseries were shut.

All schools in Bath and North East Somerset were closed.


Essex County Council said more than 40 schools were closed. Suffolk reported 95 closures, Norfolk 30 and in Hertfordshire, 320 out of 520 schools did not open.

In Bedfordshire, 29 schools were closed and in Cambridgeshire, there were 16 closures.

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