School Closures in Emergencies

Occasionally we have to make the difficult decision to close the school in the event of an emergency (e.g. snow, ice, flooding, or water, power & heating failures).

The procedure for this happening is as follows;

  • We undertake a risk assessment based on the best available information. A decision to close is made by the Headteacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors.
  • We notify local radio stations (BBC Radio Cornwall, Pirate FM and Heart FM).
  • We send a text message to all parents who are on our mobile phone database and post a message on the home page of our website. (sometimes extremely high traffic on website and text message servers can delay this process)
  • As the situation develops or changes, up to date information will be posted on our website and texted to parents.


We recognise that the decision to close the school significantly impacts upon parents and guardians. Our priority is the safety of children, families and staff.

(A guide from Cornwall Council on School Emergency Closures is available to download here.)