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Full list of all Cambridgeshire schools closed or finishing early on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 amid heatwave

Twenty-five schools across Cambridgeshire have confirmed they will close or finish early on Tuesday (July 19), when record temperatures are expected.

Forecasters suggest the nation’s temperature record of 38.7C - recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden in 2019 - could be broken on Tuesday.

Temperatures reached 36.1C in Cambridge on Monday, July 18, 2022
Temperatures reached 36.1C in Cambridge on Monday, July 18, 2022

A stifling 41C is forecast for Cambridge, with the temperature at its peak around 3-4pm.

On Monday, the mercury hit 38.1C in Santon Downham, Suffolk, by 4pm, making it the hottest day of the year. Temperatures topped 37C in a number of other places.

The University of Cambridge weather station recorded a high of 36.1C in Cambridge at 5.30pm on Monday.

The Department for Education has urged schools to stay open where they can.

But a number of headteachers have decided they cannot do so safely amid the heatwave and have opted to close or finish around lunchtime on Tuesday. In some cases, parents have been offered the option of collecting their children early, or leaving them at school until the normal time.

Some schools - including all those in the Eastern Learning Alliance, such as Impington Village College, Chesterton Community College, Witchford Village College and Girton Glebe Primary - closed on Monday too, following the Met Office issuing its first ever red alert for extreme heat.

Parents have been divided on the issue, with some arguing school classrooms are simply too hot for teaching, while others pointing out that it is hard for many people to take time off work at short notice.

Below is a list of all the schools known by the local education authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, to have made changes for Tuesday (July 19).

Confirmed changes for Tuesday, July 19

  • Ashbeach Primary School - Early finish offered - 1.10pm
  • Chesterton Community College - Closed
  • Crosshall Junior School- Early finish offered - 2pm
  • Duxford Primary School - Early finish - 1pm for Reception/KS1
  • Ely College - Early closure - 1.05pm
  • Fourfields Primary School - Early finish offered
  • Girton Glebe Primary School - Closed
  • Great Gidding C of E Primary School - Early closure - 12.30pm
  • Haslingfield Primary School - Early finish offered
  • Hauxton Primary School - Early finish offered
  • Highfield Ely Academy - Closed
  • Highfield Littleport Academy - Closed
  • Impington Village College - Closed
  • Littleport & East Cambs Academy - Early closure - 12.10pm
  • Meldreth Primary School - Early finish offered
  • Meridian Primary School - Early closure - 3pm
  • Olive Academy, Cambridge - Early closure - 12.30pm
  • Priory Park Infant School - Early finish offered
  • St Bede’s Interchurch - Early finish 1.30pm
  • St Philips Primary - Early finish offered - 1pm
  • The Cavendish School - Closed
  • The Grove Primary School - Open 10am-1pm
  • The Vine Inter-Church Primary - Early closure - 1pm
  • Wilburton Primary School - Early finish offered
  • Witchford Village College - Closed

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