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St Andrew's Southgate

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School is open today as normal TODAY (Wednesday)

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please note that the school will be open today as normal. I am on site and have carried out a full risk assessment. The site is safe and the main roads are clear. Please ensure your children come to school in suitable coats and please give them boots and gloves to wear as we will be going out in the afternoon for a supervised snow sculpture competition.


The DFE guidance on severe weather can be read below.


Thank you, Mr Clifford.



Severe weather

During severe weather conditions, such as flooding or snow, you should keep your school or early years setting open for as many children as possible.

School attendance statistics

Where children are unable to get to school due to severe weather conditions, you can mark them in the register using absence code ‘Y’. This means that their absence won’t affect your school’s attendance figures.

However, if you believe that a child could have got to school, their absence should be recorded as unauthorised using code ‘O’.

Staff absence

If some of your teachers can’t get to work, you should be flexible by, for example:

  • bringing together groups and classes with teachers and support staff working together
  • using other school staff or volunteers to provide cover supervision or oversee alternative activities
  • re-arranging the curriculum

Reception and other infant classes (children aged 5, 6 or 7) should normally be groups of 30 or fewer, but having more than 30 in one class due to temporary exceptional circumstances is not a reason to close the school or the class.