Crown Wood Primary

Crown Wood
Primary School

Emergency Closure Procedures


In advance:
The school would be closed only if it was unsafe to open. In practice, this would mean having enough staff to supervise the children and the site itself, including access, was safe. The state of the roads, current weather conditions and advice from the Trust, Local Authority and police would also be taken into account. 

Action short of closure would also be considered, e.g. opening later or opening for certain year groups. The decision to close the school would be made by the Headteacher in consultation with senior staff. We would inform you as early as possible to avoid unnecessary disruption.

During the school day:
Although every effort will be made to avoid doing so, it may be necessary to close the school early. This decision would not be taken lightly and again, the safety of children, staff and parents would be the key consideration. The state of the roads, current weather conditions and advice from the Trust, Local Authority and police would be taken into account. The decision to close the school would be made by the Headteacher in consultation with senior staff. 

Children will not normally be allowed to walk home unaccompanied in severe weather conditions. A staff team will remain in school until the last child is collected.

Communications (In advance):
If the decision is made to close the school in advance, it will be communicated to you in the following ways:

  • E-mail from ParentMail.
  • The school website: https://www.crownwoodschool.com/.
  • Twitter:  @CrownWoodPS.
  • A recorded message on the school telephone number: 01344 485448
  • We will liaise with the administrators of the CWPS Parent and PSA Facebook Pages, but please note, these sites are independent of the school.

In cases of severe weather, we would also use:

Communications (During the school day):
If the decision is made to close the school during the school day, it will be communicated to you in the following ways: 

  • E-mail from ParentMail.
  • If we are unable to contact you by e-mail, we will attempt to phone you on the work, home and mobile numbers you have provided.
  • The school website: https://www.crownwoodschool.com/.
  • Twitter:  @CrownWoodPS.

Collecting your child from school:

  • Children should be collected from their usual door unless otherwise instructed.  Children will only be released to parents or those with the appropriate permission to collect them.
  • Children will not normally be allowed to walk home unaccompanied in severe weather conditions.
  • A staff team will remain in school until the last child is collected.

Pre- and After-School Clubs:

  • If the school is closed because it is unsafe to be open – either in advance or during the school day – school and external run clubs and ‘wrap around’ care will be cancelled.

How you can help us:

  • Make sure you have signed up for ParentMail, your contact details are up to date and we know who has permission to collect your children if you are unable to.
  • Subscribe to Twitter and / or become a member of the Parent / PSA Facebook pages.
  • If the weather is bad, please check your e-mail, Twitter and the school and / or LA websites before you set out.