The decision not to open a school, or to close early, is a major decision and is taken by the Headteacher in consultation with the School Governors.

Severe weather is usually a short-term event and it often possible for the school to remain open, even if there is some disruption from some of the site being out of use or some staff being absent.

Sometimes the disruption is so great that a school cannot open, or has to close early. This is because to open could put pupils’ and staff safety and well being at risk.

When schools close early in response to a severe weather warning, pupils need to be sent home to a place of safety. At times of severe weather, it is a good idea to have plans in place for your children to have somewhere safe to go (perhaps at the house of a school friend or relative) if you won’t be at home.

Current closures

As part of the ongoing national response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, the UK government has announced that as of the end of the school day on Monday 4 January, all schools across the UK will close to normal business until advised otherwise.

Schools will be providing face to face provision for keyworkers and vulnerable pupils. All other pupils will receive a remote learning offer.  You will need to check with your child’s own school for the specific arrangements they have in place during this period.