The roads are slippy so please walk and drive with care but the school will be open as usual. Be safe and wrap up warm.
For those parents who could not make the parents evening tonight, or if you just wanted to check something you thought you heard quickly, here is the presentation from tonight’s Parents Evening.
I hope you found it informative.
We welcome you to come and experience us as a school. This is not an open evening… this is an interactive, get involved, experience us, explore us and begin to love us evening.
We do believe we are awesome. We know you will too.
We have listened to feedback and this year the route around school begins with the year 5 area. Please follow signs from the car park and front of school to the year 5 doors where someone will be there to greet you with a map and a smile.
We look forward to seeing you.
Just to confirm that the school will be open as usual. The surrounding roads and paths still have quite a lot of snow around them, particularly where drifting took place, so please take care.
For today, and for obvious reasons, we will be relaxing the footwear policy to keep safe however, please bring a sensible coat and gloves as, even if we have little snow, it’s still not warm!
Thank you once again for your understanding and support. Back to normality we hope!
We apologise for the late web post however, we have had technical issues still being resolved.
The school is as ready as possible and we are planning on being open. We will be assessing the school as usual around 630 to 7 am and will update the school website to confirm.
However, unless we have an unforecast snow fall over night we will be working on the premises that it will be a normal Monday morning… well… as normal as any Monday can be.
Thank you for your understanding over the last few days.
It’s not technically home work, but work you could be doing at home whilst you wait for the snow and the wind to pass.
With school closed for a third day we have uploaded below a third set of work that you could be doing to keep the little grey cells ticking over. If you have not done anything yet then there are lots on other posts to have a go at.
The posts where extra work can be found are entitled ‘School Closures and Snow? In the words of Lorenzo Dow…’ and ‘Closure Additional work’ and can be found under the ‘News’ tab or at the bottom of the home page.
Our plans over the weekend include having the grounds cleared as best we can and a large group of staff have volunteered to come in Sunday (weather permitting as this looks a clear day) to help remove snow from paths and areas of high traffic in school, to make the site as prepared as possible for Monday.
We apologise for the closure once more.
Have a safe and happy weekend.
Mrs Kemp has uploaded new work to ‘My Maths’ for each class. Please log in and submit your work when the tasks are completed.
Mr Addyman’s extra Maths work for his classes:
Work and resources below…if you have completed and want to try another year groups work, please do!
Work for Y8 Geography:
We are sorry to say that we can not open the school tomorrow as the predicted snow fall, on top of County and police advice, is that travel should be avoided and that the timings of predicted snow will cause unsafe road and travel conditions.
We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause for some parents.
Work will be set and uploaded.
We are working on having the grounds cleared over the weekend and are hoping that with staff being asked to help out on Sunday, we can get the building ready to open and prepared as best as possible for any new snow fall that may happen.
I hope you understand that the weather has been unprecedented in recent times and thank you for your understanding.
Due to adverse weather and the forecast not set to improve we have taken the decision to close in advance of tomorrow.
Staff have been requested to send new work for tomorrow and this will be uploaded as soon as possible.
School comms may not be working and so we would appreciate this message being passed around to those contacts you may have.
We apologise for this inconvenience and are working hard to ensure that, with the better forecast for Thursday evening and into Friday, that the school will be opened.
Thank you for your understanding and hope that the early decision, taken with other Head teachers in the area, will enable you more time to plan for tomorrow.
All bus companies have judged the roads a safety hazard and are not sending busses. The main A roads are just passable and local roads are passable but the snow is falling as fast as any clearance is taking place with Ice underlying it.
The weather forecast is only to continue and so the possibility of it improving during the day can not considered.
Work has been set for your children on the website and more will be added during the day.
The school phones will be staffed by colleagues who could walk to work this morning should you require anything from the school.
We will update the website as we have further information about tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding
Take care and be safe.
‘You can and you can’t – You shall and you shan’t – You will and you won’t – And you will be damned if you do – And you will be damned if you don’t.’
Snow closures, and predicting the potential issues, are always very hard, for parents and for staff (who are also parents with children in other schools and often travel long distances to get to school). So making decisions on safety and opening often has to be done quickly and well in advance to allow people time to plan. We sometimes get that right, and sometimes wrong. What ever we do, there will be arguments for both sides.
Can we thank you for your support this morning whilst the car park was only partially open at drop off time. Most cars followed the ‘new’ one way system and students were kept as safe as possible in a very snowy and slippy car park.
With the predicted forecast and the historic way in which the roads are cleared in the area taken into consideration, we are planning tomorrow in the following way;
- Head Teacher will be on site to assess potential safety issues and surrounding roads by no later than 6.30 am.
- Bus companies will be contacted and their assessment of if they will send their drivers out will be received.
- The school staff will be informed about those decisions by 6.45 am.
- The website will be updated by 7 am confirming that the school will be open or any changes to that plan.
- The office phones will be staffed from 7.20 am.
- The car park will be cleared, at least in part, by 8.30 am. Please allow us time (it is staff with snow shovels so please be patient) to make the car park as clear as possible and follow any adaptations to the normal drop off arrangements. Please do not drop children off before this time.
- The school doors will be open for all students to go straight into school from 8.30 am.
- The school will update any potential early finishes or changes to the school day to parents via the school comms system and the website during the day.
We would request that students wear appropriate shoes and bring in spare socks just in case. Coats and gloves must be worn.
The school will be planning to be open. We will only not be able to open for two very clear reasons.
- That there are not enough staff capable of getting to school to full fill our safeguarding requirement of pupil / staff ratio numbers.
- There is a clear and dangerous safety risk to either staff, pupils or travelling parents posed by either our grounds or the surrounding roads.
We thank you for your understanding.
Should the school be closed we have an obligation (and a desire) to provide work for your children, please see the attached links below to access this work (we will update this this evening and throughout tomorrow as work is provided so if a subject is not there now… it soon will be).
Thank you. Whilst I write the snow is falling heavily again. Please drive safe, walk carefully and wrap up warm!
Each year group know what they are working on however, if you wish to give any of these a try, please have a go!
English / Literacy:
Year groups know what they are currently studying however, if you wish to have a go at all of the activities then please do!
Maths / Numeracy: