Severe Weather Closure

Why might school close?
Schools might need to close as a result of severe weather (such as snow) or due to an emergency situation (such as boiler failure or unsafe buildings). At all times, the decision to close is based on whether the school can function safely for pupils and staff.
Obviously you will need to make your own decision about travelling to school taking into account local conditions, but rest assured we will only close if it is absolutely necessary.
We will let you know as soon as we can, usually by 7.30am, but it may be later if the weather conditions deteriorate. You can get information from:
  • Message from the school closure notification system (see below)
  • Text message - a message will be sent to 'contact number 1' person for your child
  • Email message through ParentMail
  • Message on the school website
  • Messages on local radio (see opposite)
  • Word of mouth

What happens if the decision is made to close early when School has opened as normal?

If we need to close the School early during the working day, we will text all parents on our Parentmail system and hopefully the text will arrive quickly. Details will also be sent via email and posted on our website. Please avoid telephoning the school, and only do so in an emergency or if someone else will be picking up your child. Obviously, we will also rely on word of mouth!

What happens if today has been fine, but bad weather is forecast for tomorrow?

If bad weather conditions are forecast for the following day, breakfast club will automatically be closed and a text sent out the night before and details posted on our website.

In the event of heavy, overnight snow, we always aim to have decided by 7.30am but may need to make a later decision if conditions deteriorate.

What happens regarding re-opening of the School if it has been closed?

We will contact parents as soon as we can to tell them if school will open the next day. We will use our text messaging and email systems, a notice on the website and we will update the Everbridge system.

Finding out if we're closed 


PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL. Please use all other methods first. If you phone the school the lines will become engaged and staff will not be able to get through to let us know if they can get in. If you do not receive a message from us through any of the channels below (text, email, website, Everbridge, radio), we are open.

All children need a change of shoes/wellies and a hat, coat and gloves if it snows and we are open. We may venture outside at break time too to have a little snow time fun!

On really snowy mornings, the registers will stay open until 10am to allow more time for you to travel here safely.

We use the Everbridge School Closure notification system, which parents need to register for. When the school needs to be closed, you will receive an email/text message/phone message from the system informing you of the school closure. This system will be extremely beneficial when extreme weather conditions have been forecast.
Please click HERE to register.
Click on the 'Sign Up' button at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip, and from there follow the instructions. It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email address.
Each contact within the system can have 2 devices added for each communication type if you wish to. This means as well as your own email and mobile number, you could include the details of a partner or grandparent in your registration process. They too would then receive any messages in relation to the school's closure. Alternatively, interested parties could register themselves separately.
Once signed up, you will receive messages relating to the status of your child's school.
Radio Stations
The following Radio Stations broadcast school closures during severe weather:
  • BBC Three Counties Radio 103.8FM / 92.1FM / 90.4FM / 630MW / 1161MW
  • Heart 96.6 Hertfordshire (Previously Mercury 96.6)