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School closes after bee alert
PARENTS have criticised a school for closing early because its teachers and pupils are allergic to bees.
Cardinal Newman Catholic school in Hove shut its doors for the holidays a day early yesterday after a swarm of bees gathered on top of a nearby building.
But because a “number” of teachers have “serious allergies” which can be triggered by bee stings, school bosses refused to open the windows for fear of people being stung.
Subsequently, the school’s headteacher, Dr James Kilmartin, deemed learning in excessive temperatures as “not possible” and closed the school.
A statement was released on the school’s website and Facebook page at around 4pm yesterday.
It read: “Because a swarm of bees has gathered at the top of the Cashman building we are not able to open any of the windows in Cashman or St Marys.
“A number of our staff and students have serious allergies which can be triggered by bee stings.
“The excessive temperatures mean that effective teaching and learning is not possible.
“Having consulted the local authority I have, therefore, made the decision to close the school on Wednesday 24th July.”
Karen Slyfield, the mother of two children who attend Cardinal Newman and founder of Sussex Mums, said there was always an excuse for closing the school.
She said: “It’s not so bad for me because I work from home and I won’t have to rush around finding childcare.
“But for other parents I can imagine it is a bit of a worry having to arrange things last minute.
“There is always an excuse for sending the kids home. It was the snow earlier this year and now this.”
The Argus tried to contact the school and the board of governors but were unable to speak to anyone.
Cardinal Newman isn’t the only school to close its doors early this week.
Pupils at Maynards Green Community Primary School in Heathfield and St Mary’s School in Horam enjoyed an unexpected day off after a burst water main left their schools without water.
South East Water was trying to fix the problem yesterday but was set back after a second main burst – possibly because of the hot weather.
The second fault was being fixed last night but it was unclear whether the schools would be shut for a second day.
Meanwhile a Crawley school cancelled its sports day due to the lack of shade on the sports field.
Milton Mount Primary School took the decision as temperatures hovered around the 30 degree mark on Monday.
Last week pupils at St Margaret's Primary in Crawley were allowed home early, after children became sick and suffered nosebleeds due to the heat.
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