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Rochester school cancels trip because of snow

Dozens of children had a school trip to London cancelled today (Monday) after a dusting of snow.

Delce Infant School, in Rochester, called off its trip to the Natural History Museum after snow started to fall early this morning.

But angry parent Claire Barnes slammed the school’s decision saying the children were looking forward to the excursion.

She said: “Some parents got a text from the school at 8.25am just cancelling it saying it had been called off because of the dangerous weather conditions, but the roads were all clear.

"There were 90 six-year-olds looking forward to going on this trip and it got cancelled even though there wasn’t anything wrong with the roads.”

Donna Atkinson, head teacher at the school on Fleet Road, defended the decision saying the safety of the children was paramount.

She said: “The school postponed the trip to the Natural History Museum based on a conversation with one of the owners at Redroute Buses.

“Whilst the school regrets the short notice of the postponement, the safety of the children at Delce Infant School is paramount and a joint decision with Redroute Buses was taken because of the condition of the roads at the time.

“Only two parents out of 89 have complained. A number of the parents have thanked the school for putting the children’s safety first.

“The trip was fully funded by the school and will be rearranged for term four.”


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