The headteacher of a south Norfolk primary school praised his dedicated teachers for helping keep their classrooms open throughout the severe weather conditions.
Paul Seeman, who runs Banham Primary School, was one of the few heads in the county not to shut up shop for even one day as temperatures plummeted well below freezing and snowfall and icy conditions on the roads made transport difficult.
“We’re very proud that we have been open every single day,” he said. “My thanks go to my staff for their dedication in making it into school. Parents have been very supportive too. We could not have done it without them.”
Mr Seeman said he understood why some schools had taken the decision to close. “As a headteacher, you need to be sure you can get staff in and that at 9am, when you open, you have enough cover for all the children - and you have to make these decisions early enough to allow parents to make other arrangements.”
He said the majority of his staff had managed to get to school, with some driving from Norwich and Eye, while around two-thirds of children on the 100-strong roll had attended, although there was some absence due to illness as well as the snow.
“We’ve run a normal timetable and made use of the snow in our teaching plan. We’ve had children making snowballs to help with their times tables and have been working on snow poetry and snow art. It’s been great fun.”