We hope that the following information will be helpful and ask that you bear with us on days when consideration may need to be given to the closure (partial or full) of the Academy. Decisions on closure are not taken lightly and have to balance the safety of staff and students in travelling to the Academy against the difficulties caused to working parents without emergency childcare, should their child suddenly be required to stay at home for the day. All decisions are made by the Principal and, please be assured, this is done as early as possible in order to provide as much notice as it is possible to give.
As a rule of thumb, parents and students should assume that the Academy is open as normal unless there are specific notices posted to advise otherwise; this is particularly the case during spells of bad weather, when it is almost always possible for the Academy to remain open for students, whatever the weather conditions.
The first place to check if you are concerned about whether or not to send your child to the Academy, is here on our website; a notice will be placed here by 7.45am on any morning when it is the Principal deems it necessary to remain closed. If there is no notice to advise of a closure, then please assume we are open as normal.
A message will also be tweeted on the Academy’s Twitter feed (so make sure you follow @ormistonsudbury), and on our Facebook page. Please do not rely on messages posted on students’ accounts as these are more often than not based on rumour and not fact!
Suffolk County Council also operates a system of notification to our local radio station, BBC Radio Suffolk on 95.5 FM, 95.9 FM, 103.9 FM, 104.6 FM, so this, too, may be a useful source of information. Please note that schools/academies are asked not to notify the radio station directly, so any delay in messages reaching BBC Radio Suffolk and/or its website is not the fault of the Academy – more the period of time it takes for Suffolk County Council to collate the information for all schools and forward it on on their behalf.
We will endeavour to ensure that our telephone system carries a closure message if we are unable to open. Owing to the high volume of calls often experienced when parents are uncertain about closure, it can sometimes be very difficult to actually gain access to the system at a time when there are no calls coming in, so it would be really helpful to us if parents could try to use the website rather than the telephone, if at all possible.
Finally, the Suffolk County Council website lists school/academy closures in the event of bad weather, although again, these can be somewhat delayed; our own website will be updated much sooner and with more regular update bulletins if and when required.
Ultimately, parents are responsible for deciding whether or not they feel it is safe to send their child to the Academy each day. We urge parents to consider keeping their child at home only when it is unsafe for them to travel or when they are seriously ill, and we ask that parents notify us daily when they have taken this decision, giving us the reason on each occasion. Email email@example.com or call 01787 375131 and select option 1.