DOZENS of Newport schools have declared their intention to shut for two days in September, just days after returning from the summer holidays, while world leaders attend the Nato summit at the Celtic Manor Resort.
The majority of Newport’s primary schools and one high school – St Julian’s – have confirmed they will shut and teachers will have training days on September 4 and 5, when the likes of Barack Obama and Francois Hollande visit Gwent and major congestion is predicted along the M4.
This week the Argus reported a warning to Newport residents to avoid the M4 in the late afternoon and evening of the first day of the summit, with a predicted peak late on September 4.
Summit organisers will be faced with moving large numbers of delegates to their hotels on the evening of September 4, while others will be heading to events outside the Celtic Manor Resort.
Over the two days Llanwern, Lliswerry and Newport High Schools will be partly open for students, while St Joseph’s and Duffryn have not yet declared their intention.
Only Duffryn Infants and Junior Schools and Pill Primary will remain fully open, while Lliswerry Primary, Somerton Primary and St Andrew’s will be partly open.
Ringland, Malpas Park, Marshfield, Maesglas, Crindau, Caerleon Lodge and Alway primary schools have not yet declared their intentions to Newport council.
“Parents will be contacted directly by schools regarding arrangements,” the council said in a statement.