Schools open and cobbles cleared ready for the market: Aylesbury comes out fighting against the snow

Workmen clear snow for the Tuesday market in Market Square, Aylesbury
Workmen clear snow for the Tuesday market in Market Square, Aylesbury

As the snow turns to ice across Bucks, all but one Buckinghamshire school re-opened its doors on Tuesday.

On Monday 166 schools were forced to close because of the weather, but on Tuesday only Aylesbury’s Pebble Brook special school remained closed.

Workmen clear snow for the Tuesday market in Market Square, Aylesbury

Workmen clear snow for the Tuesday market in Market Square, Aylesbury

Many drivers in the morning rush hour reported longer commutes as a result of increased traffic and pupils arriving late for lessons were told they would not be penalised.

Aylesbury’s Thomas Hickman School told students: “We are open at the normal time, but don’t rush and hurt yourselves - you won’t be marked late as long as you’re in by 9.30am.”

St Louis Catholic Primary School, in Harris Court, also extended its registration period, adding: “Roads on the estate are rarely gritted and can be dangerous. Parents please do not drive up the school drive as there is a risk of skidding and endangering pedestrians.”

The Mandeville School remained partially closed and plans to finish lessons early. A statement on the county council’s school information service read: “Despite the best endeavours by our premises team to clear all areas of the school heavy snow and overnight frost continues to make some areas quite hazardous – so extreme care is required.

Snowy Day: Thrapston:  Snowballing after school King John Middle School pupils finally get out in the snow after their school wasn't closed 'Friday 18th January 2013

Snowy Day: Thrapston: Snowballing after school King John Middle School pupils finally get out in the snow after their school wasn't closed 'Friday 18th January 2013

“The school is therefore operating the following programme today to ensure that students can safely access their learning. Year 11 to arrive at 8.30am for their Science GCSE examinations. All other years to arrive at 10am and the school will then close at 2pm.”

Pebble Brook School, which remained closed, said: “The school is closed today due to the icy roads and subsequent problems with our taxi transport. The weather is forecast to improve today so school will reopen as normal on Wednesday.”

Across Aylesbury Vale temperatures are set to remain at around zero degrees on Tuesday. There is a chance of more light snowfall in the early hours of Wednesday, with temperatures plummeting to minus six overnight on Wednesday.

Further light snowfall is currently forecast for Friday night.

Click here to read a five day forecast for Aylesbury Vale