Adverse weather conditions
The school will stay open if at all possible when there is severe weather, including snow and flooding. Parents have the responsibility for getting students to and from school safely and need to decide if the journey is safe when severe weather affects transport and/or walking conditions.
You should inform the school if your child is absent due to severe conditions making the journey unsafe. Only if you consider that there is a real danger of your child not getting home safely should you come into school to collect them. If conditions worsen in the school day and you feel it is absolutely necessary to collect children, the school should if possible be contacted prior to you collecting your child from the main school reception. The school may have to close early in the event of adverse weather occurring during a normal school day, if on-going risk assessments dictate such.
Please ensure that you have discussed with your daughter what arrangements are in place for her to get home safely on these occasions. On such occasions, the school will message all parents by text and allow students to communicate with parents by mobile phone.
Information about school closure will be posted:
- on our website and appears as a scrolling message on the Home Page.
- to our facebook page
- via our Twitter account
- or listen to Radio Kent 96.7FM or KMFM 96.2FM
We will endeavour to get key messages onto these sites by 6.30 a.m.
Parents should be aware that the radio stations listed offer a service to alert parents about school closures due to bad weather, heating problems, etc. During periods of severe weather, the details are regularly updated on air and on their websites. To ensure the effectiveness of this system, parents are requested to listen to this service and not make individual calls to the radio station or to the school, as this diverts staff away from providing an efficient service for all.