Cambridge News is reporting that nearly 40 schools have confirmed they will shut when the Tour de France comes to Cambridge – triggering criticism from families…
Seven secondary schools and 30 primary schools in the city and on the route to London will close or hold a training day for staff on July 7, when widespread road closures are expected to cause major travel disruption.
Some of the schools will be left inaccessible by the closures – but others which are further afield are also shutting their doors, fearing staff or pupils will not be able to get in.
The list does not include private schools, several of which are on the race route.
Allain Goodlet, whose 5-year-old grandson goes to King’s Hedges Primary School, said her family had received two letters on the same day – one warning parents of prosecuting for taking children out of school, and another telling them it would be closing for the Tour.
The 50-year-old community midwife said: “I just feel a lot of these schools are on the outskirts of town, nowhere near the Tour de France route.
“They say it’s difficult for staff to get to work, but I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse…”
Graham Hughes, the county council’s executive director for economy and transport, said the arrival of the world’s biggest annual sporting event meant disruption was inevitable – and he urged people to plan ahead.
Mr Hughes said: “We have also heard from a number of schools and academies which have been looking at the implications of the transport disruption and have been deciding whether they will open or close.
“These decisions are never easy but in taking them the headteachers have considered what they feel will be the impact of the race on their schools…”
Do you think the schools are doing the right thing here or do you have sympathy with the parents expressing frustration? Are local businesses and other organisations closing too or will they keep open on the day? What about other towns the tour is visiting? Might a better option have been for the schools to stay open but take the children to see the tour when it comes by – surely a memorable experience? Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…