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Snow Joke

The Challenges of a Heavy Snowfall

Well the Beast from the East struck and, as always, when there is a heavy snowfall it presents Head Teachers with a number of problems. It’s one of those situations when you have to consider numerous factors as you make a decision.

At my previous school, I had a reputation for staying open when others wouldn’t and I was pleased to inherit the same philosophy at BHPS.

Yesterday was very difficult. Mr Harlow was at school moving snow and treating paths from 4.00am. I joined him at 5.00. By 7.00 we had cleared safe routes into the school and the forecast suggested that the snow would stop. It is always best to make a clear decision as early as possible and based on this information we decided to open. Then, of course, the snow didn’t stop and this made the rest of the day quite interesting!

My primary concern is always the safety of the children and they were completely safe all day. I then have to consider the welfare of my staff, some of whom travel some distances to work at BHPS. I am also mindful of the fact that to close means that many parents have to time take time off work, possibly losing pay.


The sub-zero temperatures, risks encountered by staff, prospect of further snow and the fact that we had used the majority of our grit on Thursday brought into question our ability to keep the children safe on Friday, hence the closure.


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