Penwortham school closed due to freeze

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Hundreds of pupils from a Penwortham school were given an unexpected day off today - thanks to the freezing temperatures.

Parents of youngsters at Whitefield Primary in Oaklands Drive, Penwortham, were asked to take their children home when they arrived at school this morning. Texts were sent to those who had already dropped the children off, asking them to collect them.

A problem with the boiler meant temperatures in the building were unacceptable and the school was forced to close.

Headteacher Sarah Foster said the issue was not discovered until this morning and attempts to get it fixed remotely before pupils arrived failed.

She said: “We did all the ringing round and tried to get it sorted but that wasn’t possible. Because the boiler wasn’t working we have no heating or hot water, which is a health and safety issue for hand washing and for the kitchen of course.

“It is very cold so we decided it was best to send the children home.

“We met everyone on the playground as they arrived and parents have been fantastic, really supportive.”

Workmen were on site this wrong and she is hoping the school will re open to all 360 pupils tomorrow.

Temperatures are expected to continue to plummet over the next few days and motorists have been warned to be on their guard against ice on the roads.