Which primary schools are closing in Tier 4 areas?

MILLIONS of schoolkids in the worst-hit Covid areas will stay home for at least an extra two weeks after the Christmas holidays.

But which primary schools are closing in Tier 4 areas?

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What areas will primary schools close in?

It was announced on December 30 that primary schools in 49 of the worst-hit Covid spots will not be opening after the Christmas break.

The schools will remain shut for pupils due to spiralling cases – except for vulnerable kids and children of key workers.

These will stay closed even after all other pupils return on January 18, but will be reviewed regularly.

Vulnerable children and kids of key workers will be able to go to school, even in Covid hotspots.

Areas where primary schools will close


  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Havering
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Southwark
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster


  • Brentwood
  • Epping Forest
  • Castle Point
  • Basildon
  • Rochford
  • Harlow
  • Chelmsford
  • Braintree
  • Maldon
  • Southend on Sea
  • Thurrock


  • Dartford
  • Gravesham
  • Sevenoaks
  • Medway
  • Ashford
  • Maidstone
  • Tonbridge and Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Swale

East Sussex

  • Hastings
  • Rother


  • Milton Keynes


  • Watford
  • Broxbourne
  • Hertsmere
  • Three Rivers

How do I find out if my child's school is closing?

If your child attends a school in the above areas, then classrooms will not be opening until at least January 18.

But it is best to get in contact with your kid's school directly to check their updates.

When will my child's school reopen?

Gavin Williamson stressed during the speech on December 30 that the rules would only apply in a handful of areas, and they would be allowed to reopen as soon as possible.

But primary and secondary schools alike will be closed until at least January 18 – but will be reviewed every two weeks.

So the earliest that schools will reopen in the Tier 4 affected areas is January 18.

But the date is likely to be beyond this.

There is no reopening timetable for schools in the hardest-hit Covid areas.

Will my child be able to have lessons remotely?

The Education Secretary stressed schools were only being closed "as a last resort".

He told MPs: "We know how vitally important it is for younger children to be in school for their education, wellbeing and wider development.

"In a small number of areas where the infection rates are highest we will implement our existing contingency framework such as only vulnerable children and children of critical workers will attend face to face."

This means that all other pupils, apart from vulnerable children and kids of key workers, will have lessons remotely.

The way this is conducted will vary between schools and ages of pupils.

It is best to get into contact with your child's teachers directly to see what course of action they will take.

Expected return dates for schools

January 4: All primary schools will return as planned – except for in Covid hotspot areas which will remain closed

January 11: Secondary school kids set to sit key exams this year will return

January 18: All secondary school kids – except for Covid hotspot areas which will be reviewed regularly

– Kids in Covid hotspot areas – both primary and secondary schools don't yet have a return date

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