Anthony Gell School Practice and Procedures – Snow

It is our intention to open as normal during periods of inclement weather. We take our responsibilities to educate and care for young people seriously, and are aware of the impact on parents and carers if the school is closed at short notice.  However, careful assessment needs to be made about whether opening in snowy conditions is appropriate. There are several factors to consider. These include:

  • The severity of the weather at the time.
  • The forecast and likelihood of change in the weather.
  • The condition of the school site, and our ability to offer lessons in school.
  • Access to the school via local and regional roads for staff and students.
  • Operation of School Transport.

We endeavour to provide parents with as much notice as we can. Our website will be regularly updated during periods of challenging weather.

On days of snow or ice, early inspection of the site is conducted to establish whether the site is safe, dependent upon the above factors. If the site is deemed safe, further checks are conducted throughout the day – the weather may deteriorate, the forecast may change, the ability of school transport may change or unforeseen other factors may impact on our ability to operate. Therefore, we may be forced to close during the course of a school day. Again, we will always try to provide parents with as much notice as possible and make every effort to ensure pupils and staff can leave the school and return home safely.

We will use the following methods to communicate with parents:

  • Information will be on the landing page of our school website.
  • Information will be posted to our Twitter feed.
  • We will aim to email parents via the ParentPay platform and our School information System (Sometimes heavy use by many schools can cause delays to messages getting through)
  • Information will be updated to the Derbyshire County Council website

Sometimes these judgments are difficult. We appreciate your patience and understanding at these times.

Plans for Remote Teaching during a period of school closure due to snow

If school is forced to close once the school day has started then our priority is to get students and staff home safely so there will be no expectation for any remote teaching.

If the decision to close school site is made prior to 7.30am then we will move to the snow arrangements as outlined below.

Online learning – In the event of a snow closure (before 7:30am)

Years 7,8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

Students in Years 7-9 (KS3) will not follow their usual timetable.  They will follow the timetable below.  They will receive Teams invites from a member of staff for each lesson (prior to the lesson start time) and they should follow the link and be ready to join the lesson.  There will be a member of staff monitoring the Teams chat to offer help and support students as well as the main teacher.  Students should have their camera and microphone switched off at all times.  They should use the chat facility in Teams to talk to their teacher and to answer questions.

KS3 Timetable for Day 1 of school closure:

Period 1 Period 2 Period 4 Period 5
Year 7 Science History Maths Music
Year 8 Art English Languages Science
Year 9 Maths Technology Geography English

KS3 Timetable for Day 2 of school closure:

Period 1 Period 2 Period 4 Period 5
Year 7 Geography Languages English Art
Year 8 History Maths Technology RE
Year 9 RE Science History Computing

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 (Key Stage 4 and 5)

Teachers will send out Teams invites to all students in Years 10-13 (KS4 and KS5) to conduct their lessons online, which start from period 2.

Not all teachers will be online for the whole lesson but they will be there to give you instructions and offer you support to compete the work that is set. If for any reason you do not receive an invite to a lesson prior to the starting time, then please presume the lesson is cancelled (examples would include if a teacher is off sick).

If you have any questions then please contact your teachers directly.

There will be no CR / core PE lessons or tutor time on snow days, so enjoy any free time you might gain.