Very occasionally, severe weather can create conditions which affect the ability to keep the academy open. A decision to close may need to be made in the following circumstances:
Severe weather occurs when the school is already open and the severe weather incident occurs or is forecast for the middle of the day;
The night before a severe weather incident has been forecast;
Early morning after or during a severe weather incident.
The main considerations in making decisions to close are:
Health and safety of students, staff, and visitors travelling to and from and around the site;
Travel delays at the start of the day causing supervision issues in the school;
Ability to provide food for students and staff during the academic day;
Effects of the extreme conditions on the school site; and
Travel considerations later in the day for a safe journey home.
Whenever there is a school closure, parents/carers will be contacted in the following ways:
Only the Headteacher can make the decision to close the school. All Headteachers in the Hockley area have pledged to work together to co-ordinate opening / closure in severe weather across the region.