Bad Weather Information

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SCHOOL CLOSES DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

In principle we aim to keep the school open if at all possible regardless of the weather. A decision to close the school during the school day will generally only be made if we feel that this is the best way to ensure that pupils can return home safely.

If a decision is made to close the school, parents/carers will be sent a text and information will also be posted on our website and www.essex.gov.uk/education-schools/schools/dates/pages/emergency-school-closures.aspx. Parents/carers are requested not to contact school to enquire about closure as this will block the telephone lines which may be needed by the school.

All students must be aware of what arrangements you are likely to put in place in the event of the school closing due to bad weather. We would need as many parents/carers as possible to collect their child personally since public transport may be disrupted in the event of serious bad weather.

We will also use the above methods to advise parents/carers if the school will not be re-opening after closure for bad weather and to advise parents/carers when the school will re-open.

Important work for pupils

If the school closes early, students in exam classes will be directed to take home relevant school books, in case of the continued closure of the school. If the school is closed without prior warning all exam pupils must consult their school logins (available on our website under the login tab) to access work set by the teaching staff.

Poor weather conditions overnight

A decision not to open the school will usually be made by 7.30am. The school will generally only not open if it seems clear that it would be hazardous for a significant number of staff and pupils to get to school or if insufficient numbers of staff can get into school to ensure adequate supervision of pupils.

Information will be sent to parents/carers by text and our and Essex County Council’s websites will also carry information. The websites will be the most important method of informing parents of the current situation.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT ESSENTIAL FOR US TO HAVE CURRENT MOBILE PHONE DETAILS FOR THE SMS TEXT SYSTEM TO WORK EFFECTIVELY.