East London head teacher stranded for three days by snow

As workers struggle to get to work one East End head teacher has been unable to go home for three days.

Jackie Johnson, the new head teacher at Bishop Challoner School, has been unable to get to her home south of London with the snowy conditions.

Instead she has shown devotion to duty and stayed overnight at the home of the head of governors on the Isle of Dogs for the last three days.

Today is the first day that the school has shut down because of the snow and the school’s 1,750 pupils were told to stay at home rather than struggle in to the school on Commercial Road in Stepney.

Mrs Johnson and other members of staff are however at school today.


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Most of the pupils live nearby but some students who have moved away since starting at the school come in from as far afield as Chafford in Essex.

Many of them have course work to be getting on with, although staff suspect they may well also take the opportunity to enjoy the snow as well as catching up with school work.

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Meanwhile according to Tower Hamlets council at least one school is shut today. Raines Foundation School in Bow is shut.

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