Newport school closures for Nato summit

Nato school closures round-up

Nato school closures round-up

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AS FEW as seven Newport schools could be fully open during September's two-day Nato summit at Celtic Manor, as fears over "major disruption" along the M4 corridor cause head teachers and governors to close schools and take inset days instead.

As the President of the United States and other heads of state gather in the city, Bridge Achievement Centre, Duffryn Infants, Junior and High Schools, Pill Primary, and St Julian's High School will remain fully open on September 4 and 5, while St Joseph's RC Primary and High Schools will only close on the Friday.

Newport High, Lliswerry and Llanwern High Schools will each be partly open, closing at various times between 1pm and 2.30pm on both days. Llanwern will be closed on September 5.

According to a list provided by Newport council, Milton Junior School will be open 8.55am to 2pm Thursday and closed Friday; Lliswerry Primary will be open from 8.30am to 1.30pm both days; Somerton and St Andrew's will both be open from 8.30am to 1.30pm both days;

The majority of Newport's schools have elected to have an inset day on Thursday and Friday that week, although Crindau Primary, Marshfield Primary, Milton Infants, Monnow Primary, Pentrepoeth Primary, Pill Primary and Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd had not yet declared their intentions as the Argus went to press.

Schools as far afield as Chepstow and Penarth have declared their intentions to close entirely or to shut early during the gathering of world leaders at the Caerleon golf resort.

The schools have taken advice from their respective councils.

This will be the first Nato Summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first in the UK since it came to London in 1990, with thousands of delegates and journalists from all over the world congregating in Newport as well as a sizeable contigent of anti-Nato protesters.

Meanwhile, during working sessions at the Celtic Manor and more informal events in Cardiff, world leaders will look to address issues which threaten Nato countries’ national security, including piracy, terrorism and cyber attacks.

Around 9,000 police officers will be deployed to South Wales as part of the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, allowing Gwent Police to continue responding to emergencies and other incidents as all their leave is cancelled.

At a meeting of Caerleon residents last week Gwent Insp Mike Richards said they had conducted a “dry run” on the M4 on a Monday during the evening rush without experiencing "excessive" disruption.

See a full list of school closures here

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11:20am Mon 28 Jul 14

Asdf1234 says...

Inset day means school are closed to pupils rather than closed. These days have been moved forwards from later in the school year. They are not additional days. Therefore, the number of days that pupils are in school remains the same as it would have been were it not for NATO.
Inset day means school are closed to pupils rather than closed. These days have been moved forwards from later in the school year. They are not additional days. Therefore, the number of days that pupils are in school remains the same as it would have been were it not for NATO. Asdf1234
  • Score: 15

3:12pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

" as well as a sizeable contigent of anti-Nato protesters"
Having all the bad guys in one place at the same time is a good idea. Putin can come across and address them.
" as well as a sizeable contigent of anti-Nato protesters" Having all the bad guys in one place at the same time is a good idea. Putin can come across and address them. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

hohners says...

good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend
good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend hohners
  • Score: -11

9:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines)
Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines) MikeO4O8
  • Score: -3

10:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

gwely says...

hohners wrote:
good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend
Did you read the article above before making comment? Schools are simply moving inset days to cover the disrupted period. Schools have approx. 5 days per year for CPD. These are to ensure your children receive the best from their teachers. These are not staff days off. This is the 21st century where education matters.
[quote][p][bold]hohners[/bold] wrote: good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend[/p][/quote]Did you read the article above before making comment? Schools are simply moving inset days to cover the disrupted period. Schools have approx. 5 days per year for CPD. These are to ensure your children receive the best from their teachers. These are not staff days off. This is the 21st century where education matters. gwely
  • Score: 13

10:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Porter71 says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines)
Sounds like you missed more than 2 day's school :)
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines)[/p][/quote]Sounds like you missed more than 2 day's school :) Porter71
  • Score: 5

10:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Porter71 says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines)
Sounds like you missed more than 2 days' school :)
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Wonder if the schools will get fined for allowing kids to be off school like the parents are. (truancy fines)[/p][/quote]Sounds like you missed more than 2 days' school :) Porter71
  • Score: 3

11:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I reckon every worker in Newport should be given a free holiday that Thursday and Friday as a way of thanking us for being generous enough to hold the summit.
I reckon every worker in Newport should be given a free holiday that Thursday and Friday as a way of thanking us for being generous enough to hold the summit. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 6

8:35am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

As usual the teachers in Newport jump at the chance to take some more holiday.. The Nato Conference will have no affect at all on most of these schools. Lott of Nato conferences have been held in the past in various countries and non have found a need to close the schools

A simple solution to the teachers antics is to say any school closures will result in days being taken from the school holidays. You would be amazed at how quickly that would focus their minds

These endless random days of school closures are harmful to the children's education and disruptive for parents. Closing a school should be very much a last resort and not the first choice

Teacher training days should also be done outside of term time
As usual the teachers in Newport jump at the chance to take some more holiday.. The Nato Conference will have no affect at all on most of these schools. Lott of Nato conferences have been held in the past in various countries and non have found a need to close the schools A simple solution to the teachers antics is to say any school closures will result in days being taken from the school holidays. You would be amazed at how quickly that would focus their minds These endless random days of school closures are harmful to the children's education and disruptive for parents. Closing a school should be very much a last resort and not the first choice Teacher training days should also be done outside of term time Bobevans
  • Score: -1

8:36am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Asdf1234 wrote:
Inset day means school are closed to pupils rather than closed. These days have been moved forwards from later in the school year. They are not additional days. Therefore, the number of days that pupils are in school remains the same as it would have been were it not for NATO.
So called inset days should be take outside of term time. There is no excuse for holding them during term time
[quote][p][bold]Asdf1234[/bold] wrote: Inset day means school are closed to pupils rather than closed. These days have been moved forwards from later in the school year. They are not additional days. Therefore, the number of days that pupils are in school remains the same as it would have been were it not for NATO.[/p][/quote]So called inset days should be take outside of term time. There is no excuse for holding them during term time Bobevans
  • Score: 1

8:37am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

hohners wrote:
good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend
I would go further. They should be held outside of term time
[quote][p][bold]hohners[/bold] wrote: good old teachers,any excuse for a day off,they should make teacher training days tuesdays or wednesdays instead of attached to the weekend[/p][/quote]I would go further. They should be held outside of term time Bobevans
  • Score: -3

2:41pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Asdf1234 says...

I agree that school should be open as normal. No idea what I am going to do with my children that day yet. Just stating that fact that it isn't extra holiday/lost day of education. As for training days coming from holidays..... They did! Wouldn't be a teacher myself so can't really moan about my own lack of holidays.
I agree that school should be open as normal. No idea what I am going to do with my children that day yet. Just stating that fact that it isn't extra holiday/lost day of education. As for training days coming from holidays..... They did! Wouldn't be a teacher myself so can't really moan about my own lack of holidays. Asdf1234
  • Score: 0

5:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Me, Me, Me! says...

Bobevans wrote:
As usual the teachers in Newport jump at the chance to take some more holiday.. The Nato Conference will have no affect at all on most of these schools. Lott of Nato conferences have been held in the past in various countries and non have found a need to close the schools

A simple solution to the teachers antics is to say any school closures will result in days being taken from the school holidays. You would be amazed at how quickly that would focus their minds

These endless random days of school closures are harmful to the children's education and disruptive for parents. Closing a school should be very much a last resort and not the first choice

Teacher training days should also be done outside of term time
I assume you are making such a ridiculous post to get some sort of reaction!!! Clown.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: As usual the teachers in Newport jump at the chance to take some more holiday.. The Nato Conference will have no affect at all on most of these schools. Lott of Nato conferences have been held in the past in various countries and non have found a need to close the schools A simple solution to the teachers antics is to say any school closures will result in days being taken from the school holidays. You would be amazed at how quickly that would focus their minds These endless random days of school closures are harmful to the children's education and disruptive for parents. Closing a school should be very much a last resort and not the first choice Teacher training days should also be done outside of term time[/p][/quote]I assume you are making such a ridiculous post to get some sort of reaction!!! Clown. Me, Me, Me!
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

architron says...

So a bunch of world criminals are decending on Newport in September.

I mean the politicians are criminals: not the protesters!
So a bunch of world criminals are decending on Newport in September. I mean the politicians are criminals: not the protesters! architron
  • Score: -2

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