Dear Parent/Carers

Contingency Arrangement for Adverse Weather e.g. Snow

With the forecast of severe weather conditions, we wanted to familiarise all families with the schools procedures in these situations. Our aim is to remain open wherever possible.

In the event of snow in the morning, please check the Schools website or our Facebook and Twitter sites before leaving for school, where we will post any notifications of closure as early as possible.

We will also send a text message to all parents, so please ensure that we have an up to date mobile number. Please note that our switchboard is often overloaded with calls on these days and unable to respond to them all.

Should bad weather begin during a school day?

If it becomes apparent during the day that the weather is deteriorating and getting home might become an issue, we shall do the following:

  • Keep in touch with transport providers to find out what services are operating.
  • Notify all parents by text message and phone call and place a message on our website; if the decision is made to close. 
    Partial Closure

In the event of very heavy snow, the school may open only for a selection of students and/or operate a reduced timetable resulting in a shortened day. In either case, we will endeavour to inform parents via our website and text message as soon as possible.

Where we operate a partial closure students who must attend do so in the following priority order depending upon the extent of the closure: • Students taking public examinations; • Yr13, Yr11; • Yr10, Yr 12. Alternatively, a slightly reduced timetable may run to allow greater travel time to and from school and to avoid travelling in the dark. On these occasions after school events and activities would be cancelled. The School day would begin at 8.40am with Period 1 and finish at 1:40pm. This adapted day will allow us to keep four out of five lessons, with one break, and no tutor period.

I sincerely hope that, just as in the last few years, we can avoid any school closures wherever possible due to the weather. However, as always, it is best to be prepared. We remind families to ensure that students are dressed appropriately with warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Unfortunately in adverse weather we are unable to guarantee that the school buses will run at the beginning and end of school.

Yours sincerely

Heidi Swidenbank
Headteacher