Severe Weather

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families


Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.

We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Barham C E Primary school will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways, clearing access points etc.

However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, we may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether Barham is open or closed please visit Search for the school in the search box. Radio stations KMFM, BBC Radio Kent and Heart FM will also broadcast school closures. In addition, please check your mobile phone for a message from school should we need to close.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.

If you would be willing to help Mr Rayner (caretaker) clear snow should we have any, please email: or phone 01227 831312 or call into the school office. We will then be able to add your details to the list.