Bad Weather Procedure

School Procedure for Bad Weather Closures

In principle, we aim to keep the school open if at all possible regardless of the weather. However, a decision to close the school will be made by 7.00am if possible. The school will stay open unless it is deemed hazardous for staff and pupils to get to school, or if insufficient numbers of staff can get into school to ensure adequate supervision/safety of your child.  We also have to be satisfied that the school site is safe for all.

The responsibility for the closure of the school rests with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

How to find out if school is closed

Notice of a closure will be made in the following ways by 7.30am:

  • On this website via our Urgent News banner;
  • Announcements will be made on Heart FM and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire;
  • Information will be sent from school to you using the ParentMail X system by both text and email;
  • School will notify the Local Authority and School Transport. The Local Authority website will also display information.

Parents are requested not to contact school to enquire about a closure as this will block the telephone lines which may be needed by the school.

If school closes during the working day

  • The school website will be updated and the Urgent News banner displayed;
  • You will be sent a ParentMail X message by both text and email;
  • The radio stations mentioned above will give out the information that the school is closed or closing (and the time at which it is closing);
  • Parents or Carers are required to come to school to collect your child(ren).

In preparation

Please help us to react quickly to deterioration in the weather by making your child aware of the arrangements you are likely to put in place in the event of the school closing by:

  • Ensure the school office has up-to date contact numbers and email addresses.
  • You have updated Parentmail X with a current email address/mobile number.
  • If another adult no named on your registration form is to collect your child please email the school on: Please do not ring the school for this purpose.
  • Please also ensure your child comes to school with warm, waterproof clothing and wellington boots when it is snowy.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Contact Us

    St. Botolph's C of E (C) Primary School
    Oundle Road,
    Orton Longueville,
    PE2 7EA

    Phone: 01733 231313

    About Us

    St Botolph's School is a Church of England Controlled Primary School. We uphold Christian beliefs and have strong links with our local church, Holy Trinity. These Christian beliefs can be seen in our policies, in the daily life of our school and as we celebrate collective worship together.