Extreme Weather Guidelines
WGSG is committed to ensuring that all our pupils are able to maximise their potential. We therefore aim to remain open during inclement weather, balancing the risks from lower supervision, disrupted journeys, or minor injury, against disruption to our pupils’ learning. We rely on our parents to make appropriate decisions about pupils’ safety when travelling during periods of inclement weather.
In the rare circumstances that it becomes necessary to close the school due to severe weather, the decision will not be taken lightly. The decision to close the school will be based on the fact that pupils or staff would face significant risk of serious injury. We have also developed an Extreme Weather Timetable that allows us to keep the school open for the majority of the day if safe to do so.
When exceptional weather is expected the following guidelines should be noted:
If the school is to be closed due to severe weather before pupils arrive at the beginning of the school day, a note will be posted on the school website as soon as possible, usually by 7.00am. We will also use our parental text messaging service.
If the school is operating under the Extreme Weather Timetable, a note will also be posted on the school website as soon as possible, usually by 7.00am.
If weather conditions deteriorate whilst the school is in session we will endeavour to contact parents to inform them of the situation. Pupils will be kept fully informed of the decision and guidance given as to the next steps. The website will be kept updated during this time.
Pupils should wear appropriate clothing, taking into account the type of weather, including a hat, gloves and suitable coat, as necessary. Suitable footwear to cope with the weather may be necessary, but school shoes should be worn upon entry to the school building.
Parents are advised to check transportation information if their daughter travels by public transport or by coach. If the school is open and your daughter cannot get in due to the weather, parents should telephone the school to report this absence.
The school will liaise with the local bus and coach companies to check whether services are likely to be disrupted throughout the school day. This information will be relayed to the pupils as necessary.