In the case of extreme weather, any decision whether or not to close the school will be taken before 7am of the morning of the closure.
Emergency Closures outside the school day (e.g. snow closures)
Once a decision has been made to close the school, the following actions will take place.
We will publicise the closure via the school’s website before 7am on the day.
We will inform West Sussex County Council. You can register to receive alerts from county by clicking here .
Local radio stations such as Bright and BBC Sussex will be contacted in order that they can broadcast the closure.
(Please be aware that there can be a delay between informing the radio station and them broadcasting the information.)
A text alert will be sent to the parent/guardian who is the first named contact on our contact list.
**Therefore, if it is possible that the school may be closed due to bad weather, please look at our website, tune in to one of the local radio stations and ensure that we have your correct mobile number. If you do hear that the school is to be closed, it is always helpful to contact others you know to check the message gets through effectively.
Emergency Closures within the school day
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.
On such occasions, our main aim is to ensure the safety of the children on the school site whilst waiting to be collected.
Decisions to close the school.
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. Where possible, for example in the case of bad weather, we will endeavour to liaise with other local schools, although 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.