Severe Weather Arrangements

Very occasionally, severe weather can create conditions which affect the ability to keep the Academy open. A decision to close may need to be made in the following circumstances:

  • Severe weather occurs when the Academy is already open and the severe weather incident occurs or is forecast for the middle of the day;
  • The night before a severe weather incident has been forecast;
  • Early morning after or during a severe weather incident.

The main considerations in making decisions to close are:

  • Health and safety of students, staff and visitors travelling to and from and around the site;
  • Travel delays at the start of the day causing supervision issues in the Academy;
  • Ability to provide food for students and staff during the academic day;
  • Effects of the extreme conditions on the Academy site; and
  • Travel considerations later in the day for a safe journey home.

Whenever there is an academy closure, parents/carers will be contacted in the following ways:

  • via this website (on the front page);
  • local radio stations.

Only the Principal can make the decision to close the Academy. All Headteachers in the Felixstowe double pyramid have pledged to work together to co-ordinate opening / closure in severe weather across the town.

The only definitive guide to Academy/school closures is the Suffolk County Council School Closure Website.