In the case of extreme weather, any decision to close the school will be taken as early as possible. The Principal will consult with our site staff at 6:30am and make a decision about whether school will open. In the event of disruption caused by heavy snow the prime concern of the school must always be the safety of the students and staff. Each school closure is logged on a daily basis after reassessment of conditions of the site and the surrounding area and the supervision of students.
Once a decision has been made to close the school, the following actions will take place. We will announce the closure on the School Closures page on the City of Stoke-on-Trent website. Local radio stations and The Sentinel also use this site as a primary source of information.
As well as the closure being published on the above website, local radio stations including BBC Radio Stoke and Signal Radio will broadcast the closure. Please do not to phone school because we need to keep the telephone lines clear.
As a further communication method a text alert will be sent to the main contact for your child. Experience suggests that this is not always reliable at times of high demand on mobile networks and demands are greater when travel arrangements are disrupted.
If the school has to be closed during the school day, the school will begin a procedure for contacting parents as soon as possible to inform them that the school is being closed, through text alerts as well as contacting local radio stations and Stoke-on-Trent City Council website.
On such occasions, our main aim is to ensure the safety of the children on the school site whilst waiting to be collected.
The decision to close the school is a serious one. Our main consideration will always be the health and safety of our children and staff. Please be aware that all schools are different and can be affected by such situations in different ways, depending on whether children come to school by bus or whether staff live a long way away etc.
Hopefully, it will not be necessary to close the school this winter but it is always best to prepare for the eventuality just in case.
If you update your mobile telephone number please ensure you advise the school office who will then update our system with the new number.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.