Schools: Snow and Ice

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have closed owing to adverse weather conditions in (a) Leicester, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England in January 2010 to date; and how many pupils in each location have not been able to sit exams as a result.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

There is no duty on local authorities or schools to report closures to the Department, so the Department does not collect this information. No definitive data are available on the number of students missing exams as a result of the weather, though we believe that the number missing exams because of school closure was very small. More information will be available after exams have been completed next month, though it will not be possible to be certain about the numbers of students missing exams because of the weather rather than for other reasons; nor will it be possible to provide a geographical breakdown of the student numbers.

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