Whilst we take the health and safety of students very seriously, our primary responsibility is to keep the school open for as long as possible in adverse weather conditions so that young people benefit from the exceptional learning opportunities available to them. This view is supported by the government who state that 'everything should be done to keep schools open during wintry weather' (Michael Gove, Former Secretary of State for Education, 21st January 2013). For this reason, all steps will be taken to keep The Farnley Academy open during periods of extreme winter weather and families should always assume that school will be open unless informed otherwise.
Any decision taken to close the school in snow or bad weather will be taken as quickly as possible bearing in mind the Academy's aim of keeping the school open whenever possible. Families will be informed by text message of a closure and details will also be posted on the Academy's website and on Twitter. BBC Radio Leeds will also be contacted so that the Academy can be included in any snow closures lists.