Emergency School Closure Information
In the unlikely event that the school may need to consider closure due to severe weather or other
emergencies, we will use the school website and text service to keep parents/carers fully informed of the latest situation.
Information will also be broadcast on the following radio stations:
BBC Radio Suffolk (104.6, 103.9, 95.9 and 95.5 FM)
HEART FM (97.1 and 96.4 FM)
Parents are asked to tune into these stations rather than phoning the school or Local Authority as phone lines may become jammed.
Information on school closure will also be available on the following websites:
If the school has to close early during the school day we will again use our text service to notify parents/carers and those without mobile access by telephone. Where the school has been unable to make contact with a parent/carer, the children will be kept at school until 3.15pm.
For this reason it is vital that the school has up to date primary, and secondary contacts for all children. Change of details forms are available from reception.
During our last Ofsted inspection attendance was noted as an area which we need to improve. We would appreciate your support in ensuring that children arrive to school on time and that they return to school as quickly as possible after illness. Please read the Attendance letter below and help us move to a 'Good School' category.
Why Do We Worry About Attendance?
A 90% attendance rate means that a child is missing the equivalent of one half day of lessons every week. If that child has a 90% attendance rate through KS1 and KS2 they will have missed half a school year in that time. A child with an 80% attendance over 5 years misses one complete year of school. That works out at missing 40 days of education in each year – just over one day per week, every week. So if pupils remain at 80% attendance from Year 1 to year 11 they will miss more than 2 full years of education. That’s why we worry about attendance!
You will be aware that we are working very hard to improve attendance rates at school. This was an area highlighted for action in our recent Ofsted report. The School is working closely with the Education Welfare Service to address attendance issues. You can help us by ensuring that your child is in school on time, and that they are only absent if they are really too ill to be in school. You will soon be receiving a leaflet about school attendance – please take the time to read it! If you have any questions about attendance, or you would like to talk about your child’s attendance, please speak to Mrs Barnes – she will be happy to talk to you!