23 March 2013
For the first time since the start of our tuition classes a few years ago, today we experienced severe weather conditions which meant that EducateFirst classes at the Huddersfield centre could not open, although the Leeds and Bradford centres were open as usual. The decision not to open the Huddersfield centre was taken by the management staff following advice from the AA as well as local staff working at the centre. The team had to consider the safety of the tutors and students first above everything else. Many parents had to take the day off work to look after their children at home on Friday and were very much hoping that our classes would be open so that children can continue to receive educational support.
Snowfall in the region is being referred to as SNOWMAGEDDON, forcing 100 schools to close on Friday, and mass disruption to transport services and local businesses. Weather forecasters claim March could prove the coldest for 50 years, with snow up to 40cms (15ins) deep in some areas. Temperatures struggled to make zero whereas they should now be around 12°C and the windchill factor with gusts up to 28mph made it feel more like -8°C.
The severed weather we experienced over the past few days has been caused by warm fronts from the Atlantic laden with moisture hitting a huge cold block of air coming from Iceland, Greenland and Scandanavia above Yorkshire or, more specifically, right above Huddersfield.
Classes in both Leeds and Bradford were open as usual and we were surprised by the overall turnout. A BIG THANK YOU to all the tutors, parents and students who made the effort to attend.
We look forward to welcoming everyone at the beginning of the new term, which starts on Saturday 6 April.