Susanna Reid fears her sons' exams are under threat amid petrol crisis after Covid chaos

SUSANNA Reid has spoken of her fear as the petrol crisis threatens her sons' education ahead of upcoming exams.

The Good Morning Britain presenter said her "heart sinks" as a headteacher warned of closing schools as staff struggle to get to work.

It comes after Covid wreaked chaos on students – leaving them desperately catching up on the curriculum after months of home-schooling.

Gemma Penny, headteacher of Allestrees Woodlands School, told the breakfast show: "Speaking with colleagues, it's been a flying start to the new academic year.

"We've been restoring confidence in students gearing up for the exams at the end of the year… then something like this happens.

"We've got staff with positive lateral tests who are waiting on PCR tests to come back, which means they can't come in.

"There's teachers or teachers' children with illness because of all the bugs that are flying around and we're all catching everything.

"The fuel crisis is compounding the issue. We do have a tipping point where it's not viable to deliver the school curriculum or actually run a safe site if you have too many staff absent.

"It's imperative that something is done to address this.

"Key workers who are doing really important jobs need to get fuel to be able to go to work."

It's been reported essential workers will get exclusive access to petrol pumps under emergency government plans.

It comes as greedy fuel bosses allowed prices to surge to more than 150p a litre, as the nation queues to fill its tanks.

Last night it emerged that essential workers are set to be granted “priority access” to certain stations under proposed measures.

Government sources said designating certain stations for key workers is being kept as a back-up option as the fuel crisis entered its fourth day.

A purchase cap was also said to be in the works after desperate drivers were held up in mile-long queues at stations.

The insiders told the Telegraph that it was hoped the crisis would be solved without the need for measures.

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