Inclement Weather Procedures

The Academy will remain open when it snows except on those very rare occasions when conditions worsen so much that the roads and Academy campuses are proving to be hazardous and the safety of our students may be at risk.   Should this happen, parents will be informed via a text message from the Academy.  This message will be sent before students are notified. After seeking advice from the Local Authority Transport Section about the availability of our scholars’ buses an appropriate time will be agreed to dismiss the students.  Should any students not have a means of getting home they will be able to stay on site, under staff supervision, until they are collected by a parent or carer.

Should the Academy need to be closed for a whole day due to snow, all parents will be notified in a number of different ways:-

• text message
• our website
• announcement on local radio stations
• Durham County Council website

It is parents/carers responsibility to check these sources regularly.

You may also wish to visit for more information about salting routes, DCC services affected, travel issues etc.

Please note that in order for the texting service to work effectively, we require up to date mobile and landline telephone numbers.  If you have changed your telephone number recently, please ask your son/daughter to advise Student Reception or alternatively you can email the details to

I should also be grateful if you would reinforce the warning we give to students regarding snowballing:

i) Snowballing is NOT permitted in the Academy grounds
ii) Snowballing should not take place on the roads to and from Academy and snowballs should never be thrown at vehicles

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this matter.