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Emergency Closure





We will endeavour to keep our school open and operating as normal. However in the event of severe adverse weather it may be necessary to make a decision to close the school for the safety of the children and staff. Following the Emergency Schools Closure Guidance from the Local Authority, the following plan and procedure exists for St Mark’s School.


The decision to close will be made by the head teacher in consultation with the chair of governors considering the following:

  • Health and safety – will remaining open constitute a significant risk to pupils and/or staff?
  • Availability of staff – has the severe weather meant that a significant number of staff have been unable to attend making it impossible to open?


Our first priority will always be to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and families.


Where practical, we will consider opening later in order to enable staff and children to have additional time to travel to school safely.


We will clear paths within school to make access as safe as possible, and will keep supplies of grit to support this. Care is always needed when using pathways that have been gritted.



School Closure Procedure:


  • As soon as a decision has been made we will inform you via our Parentmail text service and post a headline message on the School website.


  • Check Hampshire CC Website for school closure list



  • Where possible, a member of staff will be in school to advise you on arrival that the school is closed, and to answer telephone calls