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Staff, pupils, governors and members of the public turned out in force on Saturday, after Thornhill Academy head teacher Ian Redford put a plea on the school's Facebook page asking for help. School Caretaker Barry Young had been working hard to try and clear the snow, but the complexity and size of the site, along with the sheer amount snow had proven too much for one person. Mr Redford said: "We've been closed, like many other schools, for three days, and we are determined we we will open on Monday. We understand the pressure...

on parents. "Our caretaker has been working tirelessly for the past couple of days, but because the school is so big and such a complex site, with many different levels and steps, he was struggling to do it all himself.

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