During cold spells, local schools are often unable to open. This could be because the conditions are too dangerous for pupils and staff to make the journey in. It may also be due to cold weather causing heating systems to fail.

Where possible, the schools themselves inform parents directly if the school is forced to close. Often, however, the decision to close is taken at short notice.

When this happens, school closures will be announced on local radio. They also be published on the council's Wirral View website. Schools will also post a notice on their own websites if they have one.

If you're not sure whether your child’s school is open or closed, please refer to one of these sources.