Full School Closure
It is expected that the UTC will open on all normal school days even when some poor road conditions exist. However, in the event of adverse weather, we cannot guarantee that staff will be able to attend school and a decision to close or restrict school opening may have to be made.
The decision to close/reopen the school will be taken by the Principal in consultation with the Senior Leadership Team and the UTC’s contracted and public bus service operators.
If the weather conditions are severe enough to force a school closure, this decision will be communicated by one or more of the following means:
• A message will be published on the Silverstone UTC website home page as soon as possible but no later than 6.45am. The Severe Weather Alert icon will be displayed on the school website homepage (www.utc-silverstone.co.uk). This is the main communication tool that we will use. Should you lose power in your home, our website is accessible through most mobile phones.
• A message will be placed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/silverstoneutc), on the school’s Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/silverstoneutc) and on Instagram.
In order to simplify and speed up the procedure, parents will NOT be contacted individually to inform them of a school closure. It is therefore imperative that the school’s website, Facebook, Twitter feeds and Instagram announcements are monitored.
If the school is open but your son/daughter’s travel arrangements are impaired by the weather conditions, please inform the school of the circumstances as the school has to formally authorise the absence to the Local Authority. Parents acting on the assumption that the school will be closed without gaining confirmation, or failing to inform the school of the circumstances that prevents your son/daughter attending school, risks your child’s absence being registered as an unauthorised absence.
Where the school is officially closed, all absence is counted as authorised absence.
Partial School Closure
Should the weather conditions make it impossible to continue classes during the school day, a message will be sent via the school website and to parents via In-Touch, notifying them that the school will be closing early. Students with mobile telephones may be asked to telephone their parents/carers to notify them of the school’s closure. Parents/carers will need to make the necessary arrangements to collect their children as soon as possible. Parents will also need to make arrangements for their children in cases where no-one is at home due to the early closure of the school.
Revised Pick up and Drop off Points
During inclement weather, buses are likely to run a few minutes late due to road conditions. Pick-up times and locations will be as close to the regular schedule as possible unless you are otherwise notified.
Should there be any travel updates, these will be communicated via our Website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and/or you should consult the bus operators’ (Stagecoach and Country Lion) websites to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.
In the event of dangerous or extreme road conditions, a decision will be made as to whether a full bus service is offered to all stops as some stops may be impossible to reach. Should the weather conditions deteriorate greatly then only major roads will be used.
Should there be any travel updates, these will be communicated via our Website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and/or you should consult bus operators like Stagecoach and Country Lion’s websites to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information. Revised emergency timetables will be placed on the school website as soon as they are made available to the school by the operators.