John Stainer

Emergency closure policy

If for any reason we have to close the school as an emergency, a notice will be posted on the website under 'News', and a message will be left on the school answer machine saying the school is closed and referring you to the website. We do not make this decision lightly as we realise how disruptive it is for parents, but if we cannot get enough staff into school because of where they are travelling from, then the decision is made by the headteacher to close the school, and the Local Authority are informed. This has happened (very infrequently) in the past, mainly because of the snow stopping transport systems, stopping staff being able to get to school as some travel from far away.

In the event of a planned strike where we do not have enough staff to cover classes then generally we are able to give you some advance warning.

Sometimes the school site itself is unsafe, or unable to be used, for example if the water is cut off or if the heating has failed.

We strongly suggest having a contingency plan agreed with friends or family about what to do in the event of a school closure, to help keep disruption to a minimum.