Schools: Flooding

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 3rd March 2010.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how many days schools in each region were closed owing to flooding in each of the last five years.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

Schools and local authorities are under no duty to report closures to my Department, so the Department does not maintain any regular records of closures. We do have information on the floods in mid 2007, and that information is shown in the following table, the figures would include closures due to storm damage as well as flooding. Most schools closed for one to two days only, but we do not have a record of how many days each school was closed.

The only significant flood disruption to schools in 2009 was in Cumbria in November, when we understand that most schools closed for at least one day, but we have no record of the number of schools.

School closures due to mid 2007 severe weather reported to DCSF
Number of schools
Yorkshire and Humber 386
South East 126
East Midlands 75
West Midlands 35
South West 6
London 2

The figures represent school closures reported in June and July 2007, and some delayed openings in September 2007. As information is only held at local authority level, without school names, there may be a small amount of duplication, but involving fewer than 10 schools.

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