School Closure Procedures

School Closure Notification

School Closure Procedure Rationale and Details

Alleyne’s Academy will always endeavour to open and remain open.  However, under exceptional circumstances we may have to close the school.  For example, closures caused by adverse weather or where there is a potential impact involving antidepressants health and safety issues.

We know that it can be frustrating for parents but a decision to close the school is never taken lightly; the safety of our students and staff moving around the school grounds is of paramount importance and may become necessary to close the school.

Consideration must be given to:

  •     state of pathways, steps and slopes around the school;
  •     condition of roads and pathways in the local area;
  •     if the school’s heating, lighting and water are working correctly;
  •     whether catering can be provided;
  •     availability of public transport and school coaches, and weather forecast.

What happens if the school decides to close overnight?

  •     A text message will be sent out to all parents/carers and staff at the earliest opportunity; we aim at approximately 7.30 a.m.
  •     An email will be sent out at the earliest opportunity
  •     A notice will be placed on the school website and on the Staffordshire County Council website
  •     A recorded telephone message will be placed on the school telephone answering system.
  •     Where possible, a message will be placed on the school gates.

What happens if the school decides to close during the school day?

  •     Students will not be sent home unless the Head Teacher is confident of their ability to make the journey safely, gain access to their homes and be safe there. Every effort will be made to accommodate children who cannot return home before the end of the school day.
  •     In severe weather, we understand that parents may decide that it is not safe or practical to attend school, or that they need to collect their child early. Please contact the school reception if this is the case.
  •     A text message and/or email will be sent out to all parents/guardians notifying any concerns we may have or decisions made.
  •     The school will remain in contact with bus companies/taxi services and ensure children can be transported home safely. If the school and the bus company/taxi service agree there is a safety risk, arrangements will be made to collect and transport students at the earliest opportunity.
  •     A notice will be placed on the school website and on the county council website

Other useful sources of information that can provide the latest known details are local media and radio.

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or questions.