How does the school respond during bouts of severe weather?
We will always do everything we can to keep the school open - even when it snows.
Occasionally, we have to make the decision to close the school and we use the following questions to guide that decision.
Q. Can pupils get to school? (especially as our pupils come from all over the borough and not a single catchment area)
Q. Can pupils get home? It might be fine in the morning, but if severe weather is expected to prevent a return journey, the school may decide to closed.
Q. Is the site safe? (are temperature levels in classrooms adequate?)
Q. Can enough staff get to school? (Our staff travel from all over London and rely heavily on the public transport infrastructure working)
Q. Are staffing levels adequate? (This is particularly important - especially for infant pupils and for whom there are legal ratio of adult:pupil levels)
Q. Can we provide hot lunches? (This in itself is not a reason for closing as we could ask parents to provide a packed lunch if lunches cannot be transported to school or the catering staff cannot report for duty)
Q. If the school does have to close, how will I know?
A. The school will update the homepage of its website with a news article. www.ctsprimary.org.uk
The school will also send an email to all parents who have signed up to the school’s mailing list (you can do this now under the [contact] section of the website
Q. If the school opens during snowy weather should they still wear school uniform?
A. Yes. However, Wellington boots or other appropriate footwear may be worn to school. If this is the case, please include a pair of slippers or school shoes to change into whilst in school.
Q. Are pupils allowed out to play outside in the snow?
A. Absolutely. We provide guidance to staff to encourage pupils to play and enjoy the snow safely – though perhaps not at the usual times. We also make sure they dry themselves off when back indoors.