The decision to close the school for any reason is a significant one. It is, of course, the loss of a day’s learning for every student. In addition to this, the vast majority of our parents work and so it also creates major difficulties for the best part of 1200 families in the morning. That being said, there are times when we do have to close the school and the summary below outlines just some of the variables and situations we consider when making the decision to close the school.
Taking all of the above into account, a decision is made in consultation between the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors, normally by 6.30. If the decision is to close the school this information will be displayed immediately on the school website; this is always the best place to check for the most up-to-date news. Please check our website before telephoning the school; it will save you time. We will also notify Lincolnshire County Council for inclusion on their school closure list and contact local radio stations (including those in neighbouring counties).
What we would not wish to do is to put pressure on parents, students or staff who feel that the conditions are not safe for them. Weather, such as snow, can be very localised. Some people live on main roads whilst others live at the top of hills accessed by country lanes. Some have four-wheel drive vehicles and others do not. Clearly, it is for the individual to decide whether it is safe for them to come into school; the school cannot make that decision for each individual.
The school’s guiding principle is that if it is safe to do so, we will try to stay open. However, as outlined above, the decision is not a simple one. There are a host of different variables at play when coming to the conclusion of whether to close the school or not.