Verney Road, Winslow, Buckinghamshire MK18 3BL

01296 711380

Furze Down School

A Specialist School for Communication and Interaction

Bad Weather

Occasionally, particularly during the winter, we may have to close the school because of inclement weather or dangerous road conditions.

The decision to close the school is not made lightly and is arrived at only after consulting with weather forecasting service, the local authority and transport services. Factors taken into account when making the decision are current weather and road conditions, weather and road conditions forecasts and, most importantly, the safety of children travelling into school by various modes of transport. Weather conditions can vary greatly in different parts of the county and can change dramatically within a few hours. This increases the difficulty in making the best decision for our pupils/students and their families.

The decision to cancel school is normally made by 7.30am (or as soon as possible). When the decision is made, the local authority is notified and the information is posted on the Bucks County Council website ( Once we have submitted this information on-line this will automatically notify local radio stations ( officers within the Local Authority, Communication Team and Passenger Transport, and will be posted on the council’s website for the benefit of parents and staff. This is by far the most effective way of ensuring that details of the closure are circulated quickly.

We wil also notify parents by text message and/or email where possible.

Occasionally, we may have to close schools during the day to ensure pupils/students get home before weather becomes severe. In such cases arrangements will be made via Passenger Transport services. If children leave school early, parents will be contacted to ensure
someone is at home to receive them.

When conditions are questionable and school is open, the final decision as to whether your child attends school that day always rests with the parent or guardian.