Children enjoy snow day as schools across the country close

By Nina Massey, Press Association Education Correspondent
Thousands of pupils woke up to find school had been cancelled due to the wintry weather conditions.

Snowfall and freezing temperatures has forced the closure of many schools across the country.

Thousands of children were granted a snow day after the wintry conditions set in on Tuesday night.

Many schools and headteachers took to social media to announce the closures, with some instructing pupils on how to access their homework.

However, other tweets also told the youngsters to enjoy the weather.

Schools across Greater Manchester closed, as well as some in Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens.

Other areas with closures included Lancashire, Cheshire, North Wales, and the Highlands.

Many local councils tweeted links to their websites outlining the schools that were not open.

Parents and carers wanting to check whether their child’s school was open were also able to do so through the Department for Education’s website.

Upon entering their postcode they are directed to the council website, detailing all the closures.

Salford City Council, where at least 13 schools closed, listed their names alongside the reasons for them being shut.

These include “staff unable to get to school safely” and “pupil safety and staff unable to get into school”.