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Adverse Weather Arrangements

Arrangements in the Event of Extreme Weather Conditions

As an academy we want to stay open during adverse weather so that disruption to students' learning is kept to a minimum.

Should The High Weald Academy need to close, we will endeavour to send parents a text message and/or email. Please make sure we are kept informed of any change of mobile number or email address. A message will also be posted here on the academy's website. 

We will also inform the Kent Closures website, who in turn will inform the local radio stations. Please log on to or tune in to any of the following:

  • BBC Radio Kent (96.7 FM)
  • Radio KMFM (96.2/101.6 FM)
  • Heart Radio (103.1/102.8 FM)

If the weather deteriorates during a day when the academy is already open, we may be forced to close early. Again, parents will receive a text message and/or email and a message will be posted on our website. In these circumstances we need to make sure students are able to travel home safely and that they have somewhere to go when they arrive. If we have any doubts about this we will be forced to keep the students at school until they can be collected.

Students in Years 10 and 11 will be allowed to leave, with permission from a senior member of staff, unless we hear otherwise from parents.

We will only contact parents of Year 7, 8 and 9 students if you have requested that we do so, otherwise they will also will also be permitted to make their own way home. Please ensure that you have discussed with your son/daughter what arrangements are in place for him/her to get home safely on these occasions.

As soon as a decision is made to close the academy we will update the academy website.  Please check the website before phoning the academy as phone lines will get blocked.  Students will be allowed to communicate with parents by mobile phone.

Naturally our policy is to keep the academy open whenever possible and we will expect all students to attend unless otherwise instructed.

If no announcement is made it should be assumed that the academy is open.