Severe Weather Procedures (from Jan 2017)
If it is deemed that there is severe weather, the following severe weather procedures will apply.
To keep up-to-date with the latest announcements staff, parents/carers and students should check:
- Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form website
- Braintree Sixth Form website
- Text messages from the school
- Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form on Facebook and Twitter
- Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form email accounts (staff and students)
Pick-up times for buses will be one hour later than their normal times. The main bus company, Flagfinders, will be notified of our intentions but we will not contact all other taxi and minibus companies and parents/carers should talk to them directly about whether they will be running a service. Up-to-date information from Flagfinders will be provided via their Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Students that walk to school or travel to school by car should aim to arrive by 10am. For students that arrive before 10am:-
- Students in Years 7 - 11 should go straight to the dining hall and wait there until they are told to move to Period 2, which will be a shorter lesson starting at 10am.
- Students in Years 12 - 13 should go straight to Café6, the Common Room or the library. They should then go to Period 2, which will be a shorter lesson starting at 10am.
Any public examinations will start at 9.30am (instead of 9am). Afternoon examinations will run at their published times.
Staff should arrive from the normal time if it is safe to do so, and supervise students that arrive before 10am in the dining hall/sports hall or as directed by senior staff. Braintree Sixth Form students will be supervised by the sixth form senior staff – all other staff should supervise students in the main building.
To maintain student safety, we will be insisting that students remain inside the building throughout the day, with the only times where they will need to go outside the building being when they move to areas at lesson changeover.
As ever a decision about sending students to school in difficult weather conditions must be made by each individual family, as local conditions can vary considerably. Students should think carefully about their footwear to and from school and wear the most appropriate footwear they have to help them manage on very slippery paths local to the school. Students should then change into their normal school footwear on arrival. Students should also ensure that they are warm, wearing an appropriate coat, hat and gloves.
Staff must sign in using the folder at the Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form Campus Reception on arrival or at Student Services in the main building. Partnership staff from other schools should also sign in at the Campus Reception on arrival. Please do not telephone the Campus Reception or Student Services to do this.
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form will finish at the normal time – 3.15pm. There will be no after school lessons/clubs/detentions/meetings or late transport for students in Years 7 - 11 unless the weather has improved considerably during the day. We will communicate our position clearly on the school website.
There will be no Period 6 or enrichment activities beyond 3.15pm for Braintree Sixth Form students unless the weather has improved considerably during the day. We will communicate our position clearly on the Braintree Sixth Form website.
In the event of worsening weather conditions during the school day necessitating closure, we will give as much notice as possible and communicate this decision by the modes of communication listed above. Any students in Years 7-11 that have problems getting home should report to the dining hall. Any Braintree Sixth Form students that have problems getting home should report to Café6. The senior leadership team will work together to ensure that these students get home safely. We will not allow students to leave the site unless we are confident that parents/carers are aware and approve of arrangements.
Staff must sign out using the folder at the Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form Campus Reception on departure or at Student Services in the main building.
Further information: School Closure
The decision to close Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form rests with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team. The school will only be closed as a last resort e.g. travelling becoming hazardous, or if the site is not safe for students and staff.
If school is closed, students in Years 7 - 11 should ensure all home learning/project work/coursework is up-to-date for when they return to school. In addition, there will be additional ‘school closure KS3 and KS4 learning activities’ on the school website homepage which each faculty will set for students to access. Some teachers may also wish to contact students via email to set work if it is appropriate to do so. If a school closure period lasts more than two school days, all teaching staff will set specific work via Show My Homework from the third closure day.
If Braintree Sixth Form is closed, sixth form teaching staff will set work for students and send details via email/Home Access Plus from the first closure day. If the school is closed, public examinations will still take place for students that are able to travel to Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. Morning examinations will start at 9.30am (instead of 9am) and afternoon examinations will run at their published times. Any exceptions to this would be clearly communicated via the Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form websites.
Internal examinations will be re-scheduled for when school is open again.
Once a decision has been made to re-open after a closure period due to severe weather, this information will be given using the communication methods listed above.