Bad Weather and Emergency Closures

Adverse Weather Conditions – Emergency Closures

During periods of adverse weather conditions, the Headteacher and senior leadership team keep abreast of local weather conditions and weather warnings. In the event of having to close the school, the following procedures are in place.

School closures within the normal school day

Parents are advised to monitor the school website and keep a check on local radio broadcasts during adverse weather conditions. Any closures or changes to normal school arrangements will be announced via these means. A text message will also be sent to all parents advising of any closures during the school day.

School transport will be contacted to attend school at an agreed time and transport students home that use this service. This information will be displayed on the school website.

Staff members teaching Years 7 & 8 will accompany students to the school hall for a formal announcement to be made.

The formal announcement will contain the following instructions:-

  • Students who normally make their own way home and are able to gain access will be allowed to leave from the school hall.
  • Students who normally travel home on the school bus will be escorted to the school transport unless they tell us that they cannot gain access to their homes on arrival.
  • Students who are unable to gain access to their homes will remain in the hall until alternative arrangements are made by parents/carers.
  • Students who are usually collected by family members at the end of the school day will remain in the hall until alternative arrangements are made by parents/carers.

Staff members teaching Years 9, 10 and 11 will advise students to make their way to the school hall, should any of the following apply to them:-

  • Students who are unable to gain access to their homes.
  • Students who are normally collected by a family member.

Students that fall into either of the above categories will be kept in school until alternative arrangements are made by parents/carers.

Please ensure that your child knows what to do in the event of an emergency closure and that they are able to get home safely or have made previously agreed arrangements with another member of your family or a close friend. Students have been advised of the above procedure via assembly and they are encouraged to discuss with their parents/carers in advance of any closures.

Please be aware that the school switchboard is very busy at these times and you may not be able to get through. We will look after students that are unable to get home and will, to the best of our ability, make every effort to return them home recognising that it is an emergency situation.

School closure outside of the normal school day

In consultation with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher, any decision to close the school will be made and communicated to the local authority and relevant parties. Decisions to close will be made as early as possible in the morning.

If for any reason, the school cannot open, the decision will be posted on the front of the school website and announced on the local radio stations.