The decision to close a school for any reason is the headteacher’s. It’s an example of when I feel under a lot of pressure. Whatever I decide to do I know there will be people who disagree and we will be open to criticism.
My first responsibility is to make sure that your children are taught by well-qualified teachers and my responsibility in bad weather is to make sure we can do that safely.
Alot of our staff travel more than twenty miles to work.
Some, like me, live up in the hills! We also have many children travelling to school by taxi.
The Met Office have a weather warning in place and local radio is warning of hazardous driving conditions.
I have called/text people in Greenfield to see what conditions are like. They sound difficult.
Conscious that 260 children and 40 staff will be arriving on the site, and not confident that I could guarantee having sufficient teachers safely in school in time to cover all the classes, I have made the decision to close.
I hate to close the school.
A decision taken in the early hours is based on knowledge of conditions at that time and forecasts of what may happen later. The conditions left me worried about the safety of all those people travelling to school.
‘the risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision’.
This morning, I did what my job requires. I took a decision.
Stay safe everyone.
Mr Cass, Headteacher