As temperatures reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit, one North Devon school is preparing to grit the playground...

THE temperature may have been a balmy 70 degrees during the past week but Yeo Valley Primary School in Barnstaple has been busy preparing for winter with the installation of grit containers in the playground.

The school, temporarily forced to close during harsh winter weather over the past two years, is taking part in a trial with winter risk management specialist GRITIT.

The aim is to ensure the school grounds will be safe for children, staff and parents during freezing conditions.

Innovative thermal signage has been installed to alert staff when the ground temperature drops below freezing and GRITIT is providing grit bins on the premises to save time when temperatures reach zero.

The unseasonably warm weather means the school might have to wait until next winter to test out its new additions, but headteacher Jan Reid said they were looking forward to having the facilities in place:

“When the weather is bad, it is vital to ensure pathways are safe,” she said.

“The signs are a good indicator that we need to take action and having the facilities on site to be able to put grit down immediately will save us time and man hours, rather than needing to move the grit around by wheel-barrow. We would definitely have benefitted from this during the last two winters.”