Brynmawr school shuts due to snow disruption

South Wales Argus: A465 Heads of the Valleys road (3997310) A465 Heads of the Valleys road (3997310)

A BRYNMAWR school was shut because of snow yesterday after poor weather brought disruption to Gwent yet again.

A message on Brynmawr Foundation School’s website said it was shut because “a number of staff” were unable to make their way to work, on Intermediate Road, because of the poor weather.

Pupils who had arrived at the school were taken back home by buses at 10.30am.

The school’s chair of governors, Lyn Elias, said a senior member of staff had taken the decision because of heavy traffic in the Brynmawr area and “nasty” snow.

He said the snow had “petered out” by yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile the headteacher at another Brynmawr school, Blaenycwm Primary School, said staff and pupils there shrugged off difficulties and yesterday was a normal day.

Susan Ware said: “There was some snow, but we didn’t worry about it and it cleared [by yesterday afternoon].

“We had a lot of phone calls about snow from parents asking whether we were shutting early but we assured them we wouldn’t be,” she added.

The Met Office said the wet weather will continue across Gwent as it issued more yellow weather warnings yesterday.

Another yellow weather warning for rain was issued for all of Gwent from 4am this morning until 6am tomorrow.

It said 40mm of rain could fall on South Wales between these times.

A yellow warning for snow was issued for Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.

This warning is from 6am this morning until 12pm.

A Met Office spokesman said the wet weather is forming as part of a storm which has been developing to the west of the Azores.

Although he said “uncertainty” remains about the severity of the weather, it is likely the worst of this will be felt today and tomorrow.

Flood water from the River Wye is still a problem in Monmouth.

Although there is only little water in a lift shaft at Monmouth Leisure Centre and that should be pumped out today, classes and clubs scheduled for yesterday were cancelled because one of their three car parks is underwater and half of another is flooded.

Gwent Music has cancelled its practices scheduled for today because of the flooding.

But Rob Stanyer, the leisure centre’s duty manager, said yesterday afternoon that he hopes it would be open as normal at 7.15am today.

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8:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bugsy93 says...

Don't need much of an excuse to close schools.Surely,the safest place for the kids to be is in school, not running around the streets during bad weather.
Don't need much of an excuse to close schools.Surely,the safest place for the kids to be is in school, not running around the streets during bad weather. bugsy93
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8:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Limestonecowboy says...

The kids got in the staff didn't (bother?) says it all.
The kids got in the staff didn't (bother?) says it all. Limestonecowboy
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9:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

areth81 says...

Staff not getting in had nothing to do with bad weather but due to an incident on the A465 heads of the valleys road. It is just another excuse for more time off. I am surprised the school didn't put a teacher training day for Friday and had a long weekend out of it. I have a daughter in this school am sick of the decline of this school.
How come no other school in wales was shut , god help it the school has up to 6 snow flakes on the drive.
Staff not getting in had nothing to do with bad weather but due to an incident on the A465 heads of the valleys road. It is just another excuse for more time off. I am surprised the school didn't put a teacher training day for Friday and had a long weekend out of it. I have a daughter in this school am sick of the decline of this school. How come no other school in wales was shut , god help it the school has up to 6 snow flakes on the drive. areth81
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11:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Its comical really, the thing is though everyone just uses the excuse that it is not safe to travel, and how are you ethically supossed to challenge that. Lets face it you repremand someone who says that they considered the drive to work to be to dangerous and they then can take you to court and get a settlement due to unfairness. By the looks of the pictures I can not see why there would be any reason why anyone could not get about. Well the reason is is that its a public body, who really gives a monkey about the job they do when its a public run service.
Its comical really, the thing is though everyone just uses the excuse that it is not safe to travel, and how are you ethically supossed to challenge that. Lets face it you repremand someone who says that they considered the drive to work to be to dangerous and they then can take you to court and get a settlement due to unfairness. By the looks of the pictures I can not see why there would be any reason why anyone could not get about. Well the reason is is that its a public body, who really gives a monkey about the job they do when its a public run service. grumpyandopinionated
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