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Emergency Closures

We will always endeavour to keep the school open at all times during the year. Sometimes in the winter the weather conditions may force the closure of the school. We use the following criteria when assessing whether to close the school:

  1. Can a sufficient number of staff get into school so that we can teach, but also maintain a safe pupil/adult ratio?
  2. Our staff have children in other schools - can they arrange childcare for them in case their school closes?
  3. Can sufficient support staff get into school for first aid, catering etc?
  4. Can the school be confident all our staff can get home again safely if the weather becomes worse?
  5. Are the surrounding public roads and pavements safe enough to enable children to get to the site safely and leave the site safely?
  6. Can we clear safe pathways on-site, to enable parents/carers and children to safely enter the site and leave the site?
  7. What are the travel conditions in the local area?
  8. Has the Met Office recommended to avoid driving?
  9. Can we get deliveries in for food so children can have lunches?
  10. Is the heating and hot water functioning as normal?
  11. If we close, how will working parents/carers arrange childcare?


Whatever decision we make, it is never taken lightly. Our options are:

  • Close a day in advance and hope the forecast was right
  • Decide on the morning by 7.15am at the latest, when we have assessed the school site
  • Open as normal, but use “early closure” if the weather seems to change


Any decision that is made is in the best interests of keeping the children safe. It would be helpful if parents make contingency plans about how your child would be looked after in the event the school would have to close. We will inform parents of any closure by text message (by 7.30 am at the latest), via social media and on the school website. Further updates will be sent during the day and additional messages posted on the website