Waltham Forest schools open

More than 40 schools and children’s centres in the borough have announced that they will open today despite the snow.

The following schools have told Waltham Forest Borough Council they will open:

- Acacia Children’s Centre in Leytonstone,

- Ainslie Wood Primary School in Chingford,

- Barclay Primary School and Children’s Centre in Leyton,

- Barn Croft School in Walthamstow

- Buxton All-through School primary and secondary phases in Leytonstone

- Chapel End infants and junior schools in Walthamstow

- Chingford CofE Infant and Junior schools

- Church Hill Nursery and Hoe Street Children’s Centre in Walthamstow

- Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone

- Coppermill Primary School in Walthamstow

- Davies Lane Primary School in Leytonstone

- Downsell Primary School

- Emmanuel Community School in Walthamstow

- George Mitchell Primary and Secondary Phase Schools in Leyton

- George Tomlinson Primary School in Leytonstone

- Greenleaf Primary School in Walthamstow

- Handsworth Primary School in Chingford

- Henry Maynard Infants’ School, Junior School and nursery in Walthamstow

- Jenny Hammond School in Leytonstone

- Joseph Clarke School in Chingford

- Larkswood Primary School in Chingford

- Leytonstone School

- Longshaw Primary School in Chingford

- Newport School and Children’s Centre in Leyton

- Parkside Primary School in Chingford

- Riverley Primary School and Children’s Centre in Leyton

- Selwyn Primary School in Chingford

- South Grove Primary School in Walthamstow

- St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School in Leyton

- St Saviour’s Primary School in Walthamstow

- Sybourn Primary School and Children’s Centre in Walthamstow

- Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow (nursery will remain closed due to leaking roof)

- Walthamstow Academy

- Walthamstow School for Girls

- Whitefield Schools and Centre

- Whittingham Community Primary School in Walthamstow

- Willow Brook Primary School in Leyton

- Willowfield School in Walthamstow

- Winns Primary School in Walthamstow will open at 8.55am

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10:13am Tue 22 Jan 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

For the record, Woodside Primary is also open.
For the record, Woodside Primary is also open. Helen, Walthamstow

10:25am Tue 22 Jan 13

everoptimistic says...

Well done all the staff at these schools. However the council could do a bit more to help. I've just dropped my grandchildren off at Barclay Primary and the roads and pavements are like an ice rink. In this area there are Barclay, Gwynn Jones, Cornerstone Centre and Leyton Sixth Form College.

Personally I would much rather the Local Authority gritted the roads and pavements when we have bad weather than provide us with firework displays, pop concerts and other frivolities. Just provide us with the basics. Potholes filled, bins emptied, libraries open. That would do me fine. I don't want all the extras.
Well done all the staff at these schools. However the council could do a bit more to help. I've just dropped my grandchildren off at Barclay Primary and the roads and pavements are like an ice rink. In this area there are Barclay, Gwynn Jones, Cornerstone Centre and Leyton Sixth Form College. Personally I would much rather the Local Authority gritted the roads and pavements when we have bad weather than provide us with firework displays, pop concerts and other frivolities. Just provide us with the basics. Potholes filled, bins emptied, libraries open. That would do me fine. I don't want all the extras. everoptimistic

10:38am Tue 22 Jan 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I agree with you, everoptimistic. Whenever I hear that the council is putting on another of these events, I think of the old Roman saying that translates as "bread and circuses".

Wikipedia puts it rather well: In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative."

I wonder how many sacks of salt and grit could have been provided with what it cost to put on the two New Year firework displays.
I agree with you, everoptimistic. Whenever I hear that the council is putting on another of these events, I think of the old Roman saying that translates as "bread and circuses". Wikipedia puts it rather well: In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative." I wonder how many sacks of salt and grit could have been provided with what it cost to put on the two New Year firework displays. Helen, Walthamstow

12:19pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

It is a good example to open as it shows true grit spirit when faced with adversity for kids to follow.
It is a good example to open as it shows true grit spirit when faced with adversity for kids to follow. Cornbeefur

1:21pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I've just heard from a friend that her son's secondary school in Walthamstow is closing early today for the second day running as a result of a "risk assessment".

Now that really is annoying.

If the site is not safe now, it was not safe first thing in the morning and should not have opened at all.

Closing early like this is ridiculous and irritating for parents, especially when there is no more snow and something of a thaw.
I've just heard from a friend that her son's secondary school in Walthamstow is closing early today for the second day running as a result of a "risk assessment". Now that really is annoying. If the site is not safe now, it was not safe first thing in the morning and should not have opened at all. Closing early like this is ridiculous and irritating for parents, especially when there is no more snow and something of a thaw. Helen, Walthamstow

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