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School Closures/Severe Weather

The Headteacher is responsible for deciding upon a School Closure, this maybe for a variety of reasons, eg:

  • Heating failure

  • Flood

  • Fire

  • Weather conditions that prevent a significant number of teaching staff from reaching school in time for the start of day.

  • School grounds are extremely icy/snowy and this presents a significant health and safety risk to the school community.

The Headteacher may decide to close the school for the whole day or delay the start time.

If a decision is made to close the school or delay opening due to severe weather, then the school will inform Suffolk County Council who will report this to local radio stations - please listen in. The school will also post information on FaceBook, Twitter and Front Page News on the website. Please do not telephone the school, as the office may not be manned - it is highly likely that office staff and senior leaders will be clearing snow and spreading salt (that's what we do!!!).

We try very hard to keep all paths and playground areas salted but please take care as we cannot guarantee to fully remove all icy patches/snow, especially if melted snow refreezes during the afternoon.

If it has snowed and school is open (it is unlikely that we will close), then please send your children in appropriate clothing and footwear for playing in the snow. We WILL go outside and build snowmen and throw snowballs!

If the school has to be closed during the school day, when pupils are already on site, then the Critical Incident Plan will be put into action. Parents will be informed through ParentMail, telephone, text, social media and/or the school website.