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Adverse Weather Guidance


“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” Department for Education

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

We recognise that it is important that our school remains open so parents are able to work, and pupils can continue to learn. In the event of adverse weather, i.e. snow, the school will make every effort to remain open.

The decision to close will be made by the Headteacher. School will only be closed of one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • There are not sufficient numbers of staff to come in and keep the school running safely
  • Conditions on site are dangerous
  • Conditions are considered to be, or are anticipated to be, to hazardous to travel.

Procedure for Closure


The Headteacher will decide whether the school will open taking into account the conditions at the school and the ability of staff to get there.

Once this decision has been made, we will notify parents via Dojo, radio (Heart FM) and information will also be put up onto the Sacred Heart website.


Closure during the School Day

If there is adverse weather during the school day, the Headteacher will decide whether or not it is necessary to close the school.

The school office will contact parents via Dojo and ask that they collect their children as soon as possible.

Staff members that live furthest away from school will be permitted to leave at the earliest opportunity.