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Fylde school closures - latest

Children play in the snow as schools are closed in the town. Pictured are Elliot Hennon, left, Jack Scott, Louis Cowell. Pic by Dave Nelson

Children play in the snow as schools are closed in the town. Pictured are Elliot Hennon, left, Jack Scott, Louis Cowell. Pic by Dave Nelson

SCHOOLS in Blackpool have been closed as snow continues to wreak havoc across the Fylde Coast.

Christ the King Primary School in Grange Park has said it will close at 2.30pm, and there will be no after school clubs.

Palatine Community Sports College and Collegiate High School in Blackpool announced earlier were to close for the day.

Pupils began to leave Palatine at around 10.30am on Monday, and at Collegiate teaching stopped at 11.45am.

Highfield Humanities College in South Shore has also taken the decision to close because of the snow.

Headteacher Ian Evans said the weather had “played havoc” with staff coming into the Highfield Road school.

He said: “I do not have enough staff for the school to function.

“There have been a couple of accidents this morning, not too serious, but they have left members of staff shaken. A huge proportion of staff are trying to get in, and once they do they will be anxious to get home again.”

Highfield follows Montgomery High School, in Bispham and St George’s High School in Marton, which also confirmed they would not open today because of the wintery weather.

St Mary’s is also closed to all pupils except sixth formers due to take exams.

Headteacher Stephen Tierney said it was “not safe to open”.

Parents whose children attend Park School, in Blackpool, were warned to expect delays to transport which picks youngsters up from their homes.

Keith Berry, headteacher at the Whitegate Drive school, said the school would be open today but there would be delays to the transport service due to the bad weather conditions.

Blackpool and The Fylde College confirmed it would be open on Monday.

Sixty schools across Lancashire are currently reported as being closed due to the weather.

The snow has also caused problems on the roads, as Lancashire police confirmed four cars had fallen off the road on Wild Lane near Lytham.

It is believed the owners have abandoned the ditched cars.

A spokesman said: “The roads are hazardous.”

Reports that the M55 is down to two lanes is unconfirmed by the Highways Agency, though a spokesman said it was possible motorists were avoiding the third lane due to the snowfall.

He said: “Our gritting team is going out around the clock with ploughs and salt spreaders so the weather is not badly affecting traffic.

“We are not expecting any issues through the day.”

Blackpool Airport was reporting no disruption to its flight schedule for the day.

Sue Kendrick, corporate affairs manager at the airport, said: “We’re going to be OK because I don’t think it’s too icy.

“We have a snow clearing operation in place.”

CLOSED:

Christ the King Primary School, Grange Park

Collegiate High School, Blackpool

Palatine Community Sports College, Blackpool

Highfield Humanities College, South Shore

Montgomery High School, Bispham

St George’s High School, Marton

St Mary’s Catholic High School, Blackpool

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