In the past we have had to interrupt our young people’s education on a small number of occasions as a consequence of severe weather conditions. However, in spite of some really challenging weather conditions at times, we have been able to continue offering access to learning to our young people throughout the winter months by following procedures we have developed over the years.

The procedure in light of bad weather during winter will, therefore, be as follows:

From 7:00am on any day where weather looks like it could prevent us from opening, our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed will state one of three things

School Open

School Closed

Inclement weather procedure in place

If the third option has been adopted, by clicking on the appropriate text, families will see a detailed reminder of what the procedure involves. We will also send a group call message to families, confirming as to whether the school is open, closed or following our inclement weather procedure.

Inclement weather procedure

If the “inclement weather procedure” is in place, learners should delay their journey into school, aiming to arrive for 9:55. School buses will be informed and will collect learners one hour later than usual (please note that buses operating a service available to the public, such as the number 70 from Braintree, will not be influenced by any decision we take about school opening and would need to be contacted directly by families to ascertain the service they would be offering during inclement weather).

The day will then run as follows:

*Cohorts 7, 8 and 11 will depart at 2.00pm to reduce congestion at the end of the school day.

If the school is closed

In the last few years we have developed an approach on days when it simply is not safe to open the school by using our school computer network to ensure learning is provided for our youngsters to complete electronically in the safety of their own homes – this has been made even more possible by us issuing each learner with their own iPad. On any day where we do have to shut this winter, we will operate an e-learning day.

Remote learning will continue as normal and all learners will be able to access and follow their regular lessons and timetable.