Snow causes travel delays

More snow is set to fall across parts of Britain today with another day of travel disruptions expected.

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Schools open for exam pupils despite heavy snow

Teenagers across the country are sitting exams today as schools and colleges made valiant attempts to stay open despite the snowy conditions.

Many pupils have been unable to get to school because of the snow Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The "vast majority" of GCSE and A-level papers scheduled to take place were going ahead as planned, according to the exams regulator Ofqual.

While thousands of schools were forced to shut as the snow continued to fall, others were taking action to ensure that pupils could sit exams they have been preparing for over the last few months.

In some cases, schools were only opening for exam candidates.

Union leaders said schools "almost invariably find a way" to ensure that pupils can sit papers, even if it means finding an alternative venue.

A number of exams are due to take place today, including papers for A-level psychology, A-level biology, A-level geography, GCSE geography and GCSE information and communication technology (ICT).

Students who are unable to take their exams today will have to wait until the summer for the next chance to sit them, according to advice given to schools by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).


  1. Wales

Fire crews working to rescue Abercarn schoolbus

The schoolbus left the road this morning and was left balancing on a verge Credit: ITV News Wales / Carl Edwards

Firefighters are working to retrieve an Abercarn schoolbus after it left the road in icy conditions and ended up balancing on a verge.

South Wales Fire & Rescue crews were called to the village of Llanfach at 9am after the bus skidded off course.

Sixteen children aged 8-12 scrambled to safety, along with three adults, and were given a precautionary check-up at a nearby GP surgery. All were from Abercarn Primary School.

  1. London

Ice warning after three rescued from London lakes

Firefighters demonstrate rescue techniques on a frozen lake Credit: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade are warning people to stay off the ice after they were called to rescue two men yesterday who had fallen through frozen lakes to rescue their dogs. Meanwhile, crews also rescued a child who was stuck on his sledge in the middle of a frozen lake.

Jim Knighton, Assistant Commissioner for Operational Procedures, said:

“To put it bluntly, it’s extremely fortunate we weren’t faced with a fatality yesterday. If people fall into an icy lake, hypothermia will quickly set in and they won’t survive for very long."

At midday yesterday, fire crews were called to rescue a man who had fallen into the lake on Regents Park, after his dog jumped in and vanished. Specialist rescue equipment was used to rescue the man but there was no sign of the dog. The man was treated by ambulance crews for shock and hypothermia.

Jim Knighton added:

“People with dogs should keep them on a lead and keep a close eye on them.It’s so easy for dogs to run off and end up in difficulty as we saw in London yesterday. If a pet ends up in trouble, call 999 and stay put, rather than attempting to rescue it yourself."

Some rail services resume after heavy snow


Sledge crash teenager 'critical'

A 16-year-old boy, who was badly injured while sledging remains critically ill in hospital, police have said.

Liam Stafford, 16, hit a tree in Flatts Lane Country Park, Normanby, Middlesbrough, at 1pm yesterday.

He was flown by the Great North East Air Ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from head injuries.

Cleveland Police appealed for witnesses as a spokeswoman described his condition as critical but stable.

South West Trains special snow timetable running

South West Trains said it was running a revised timetable throughout its network because of the snow, and would be concentrating on its mainline services.

The company said there would be no services between Ascot in Berkshire and Ash Vale in Surrey, between Virginia Water and Weybridge, or from Salisbury to Bristol.

It was also running revised timetables on other routes.

Southern said trains were unable to operate between Lewes and Haywards Heath in Sussex or between Horsham and Dorking or Reigate and Redhill in Surrey.

The Southern service between South Croydon and Milton Keynes was also suspended.

Visit the South West Trains website to see the revised timetable.

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