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Schools: Flooding

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how many days schools in each region were closed owing to flooding in each of the last five years. (318660)

Schools and local authorities are under no duty to report closures to my Department, so the Department does not maintain any regular records of closures. We do have information on the floods in mid 2007, and that information is shown in the following table. The figures include closures due to storm damage as well as flooding. Most schools closed for one to two days only, but we do not have a record of how many days each school was closed.

The only significant flood disruption to schools in 2009 was in Cumbria in November, when we understand that most schools closed for at least one day, but we have no record of the number of schools.

School closures due to mid 2007 severe weather reported to DCSF

Number of schools

Yorkshire and Humber

386

South East

126

East Midlands

75

West Midlands

35

South West

6

London

2

Note:

The figures represent school closures reported in June and July 2007, and some delayed openings in September 2007. As information is only held at local authority level, without school names, there may be a small amount of duplication, but involving fewer than 10 schools.