Severe Weather

Closure Arrangements

Communicating Advance Closure

Severe weather presents significant challenges to operating the school safely. It may therefore be necessary to close the school if we are unable to provide a safe site and environment for our staff and students, or if the journey to and from school is likely to be hazardous.


If conditions are very severe, it may be possible to make an advance decision to close the school the evening before. Where this is not possible, a decision will be made in the morning by 7.00 am.

In the event of a closure, we will send a text message to all parents for whom we have an up-to-date mobile number.

This website will be updated with a closure message on the front page, although it may be slow to access due to the likely volume of traffic.

The school telephone voicemail will be updated to announce that the school is closed.

Closure During the School Day

If a decision has to be made to close the school before the normal end of the school day, we will do our best to make arrangements to get all children home. However, clearly much will depend upon public transport arrangements. Parents should note that all buses serving the school are public services and not contracted by the school, so we have no control over their schedules.


A closure during the school day has never happened to date but contingency plans should still be made for this eventuality. Parents who are at work or unlikely to be at home should make ‘emergency arrangements’ in advance, for a neighbour or relative to look after their children in the event that the school is forced to close early.

General Points


The school should be regarded as open unless you hear otherwise from the sources given above. Please do not rely on social media or hearsay.

Sometimes severe weather is highly localised, meaning the site itself can be made safe but staff living in areas affected cannot attend. In such cases the school may close or operate a partial closure for specific year groups if there are insufficient staff to supervise children safely. This will be communicated using the methods stated above.

When school remains open, parents have a duty to ensure that their children attend if it is possible to do so safely.

St Helena School

Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LE 


Phone: 01206 572253

The Sigma Trust t/a St Helena School

Walton Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6DZ

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