Bad Weather Information

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families

“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education

This seems an appropriate time to remind you of the School’s procedures in the event of bad weather.  Closing the School at the first sign of bad weather deprives students of education and sets the wrong example.  It also creates difficulties for the many parents who collect their children from school as well as discomfort for the students released early if they have to spend more time waiting for buses.  Most students live in the built-up area of Maidstone, Coxheath and Larkfield and should have no trouble getting home.  Only the minority who live in outlying villages like Ulcombe and Walderslade are likely to have real problems.

  • We shall keep the School open and teach normal lessons except in the most extreme circumstances.  
  • As well as here on our website, the school will also register its closure on the Kent Closures website www.kentclosures.co.uk and changes to the day or a closure of the School will be announced on Radio Kent  96.7 VHF and Invicta Radio 103.1 VHF.  If there is no announcement, the School is open as normal.
  • If students do remain at home during bad weather, appropriate work will be left on StudyWiz for them to access where possible.  Your support in ensuring that their time at home is productive would be much appreciated.
  •  Public exams - the school will be open, even in the event of bad weather and if the school is closed to other years. If students can get in safely, staff will be there to invigilate - as public exams cannot be rescheduled

In bad weather, we will be in constant touch with railway and bus companies.  If services are running between 4.00 and 6.00 pm, we will end school at the normal time.

  • We will not release students early unless the bus and train companies advise us so to do.

Most of you will be able to agree a contingency plan with your son or daughter.  It could be to go to a friend’s house closer to school and to ring you from there.  In the case of a long walk from the bus stop, it could be to wait in a friend’s house close to the stop.  Incidentally, it might be a good idea for your son or daughter to leave the house a little earlier in bad weather to enable them to arrive at school in time for first lesson.  

If there are special reasons for you to take your son or daughter home early, you should contact the School Office.  We will arrange for them to meet you there.  Please do not contact your child via their mobile.  Please remember, however, that the School switchboard may be busy.  Any student leaving before the end of normal school must sign out at the reception.

If the School does have to close early, we will provide a warm room where students can wait if they are being collected by parents.  In any event, please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of these arrangements.

M Tomkins

Headmaster

Maidstone Grammar School