Why would we close?
Schools might need to close as a result of severe weather (such as snow) or due to an emergency situation (such as boiler failure, power cut or unsafe buildings). At all times, the decision to close is based on whether the school can function safely for pupils and staff.
The only time we would consider closing for Snow would be if we did not have enough staff able to get to school to enable us to function safely. Obviously you will need to make your own decision about travelling to school taking into account local conditions, but rest assured we will only close if it is absolutely necessary.
We will let you know as soon as we can, usually by 8am. You can get information from:
- Text message - a message will be sent to 'contact number 1' person for your child (if you have the eSchools app for our STARZ system, it will come to that first).
- Email message through STARZ
- Message from the new school closure notification system (see below)
- Message on the school website
- Messages on local radio (see opposite)
PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL. Please use all other methods first. If you phone the school the lines will become engaged and staff will not be able to get through to let us know if they can get in. If you do not receive a message from us, we are open.
All children need a change of shoes/willies and a hat, coat and gloves if it snows.
On really snowy mornings, the registers will stay open until 10am to allow more time for you to travel here safely.
Finding out if we're closed
We use the Everbridge School Closure notification system, which parents need to register for. When the school needs to be closed, you will receive an email/text message/phone message from the system informing you of the school closure. This system will be extremely beneficial when extreme weather conditions have been forecast.
Please click HERE
Click on the 'Sign Up' button at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip, and from there follow the instructions. It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email address.
Each contact within the system can have 2 devices added for each communication type if you wish to. This means as well as your own email and mobile number, you could include the details of a partner or grandparent in your registration process. They too would then receive any messages in relation to the school's closure. Alternatively, interested parties could register themselves separately.
Once signed up, you will receive messages relating to the status of your child's school.
The following Radio Stations broadcast school closures during severe weather:
- BBC Three Counties Radio 103.8FM / 92.1FM / 90.4FM / 630MW / 1161MW
- Heart 96.6 Hertfordshire (Previously Mercury 96.6)
- Heart 103 Cambridgeshire