emergency closure procedure 2012/13
The decision to close or partially close a school can only be made by headteachers who have knowledge 'on the ground' of their schools, in consultation with their Chair of Governors wherever possible. The decision should be based on access to essential services (heating, water etc), staffing levels, transport safety, and site safety. In particular the decision making process should take account of:
When there is extreme weather schools are occasionally forced to close for the day in the interest of pupils' safety. On such mornings, parents should listen to either BBC Radio Oxford, Heart FM, or Jack FM for details of school closures.
Very occasionally, the taxi firms hired to transport pupils to and from Bishopswood classes may feel that the weather is too severe for their cars to be on the roads. Should this be the case, we also do our best to contact the schools' radio programmes and to contact parents.
Please note that if a co-located school is closed on Health and Safety grounds because the site is deemed unsafe to access, then that department of Bishopswood will also be closed, as we are required to abide by the decision of the Host School.
This may necessarily mean that one Bishopswood department is closed whilst another is still open, usually due to the location.
local radio stations
in the event of severe weather, please listen to the following radio stations for information about school closures:
BBC Radio Oxford - VHF/FM 95.2
HEART (Thames Valley) - VHF/FM 102.6/97.4/102.9/103.4
JACK FM - VHF/FM 106.8
OCC Transport Section - 01865 815218
Hills Taxis - 01491 837022
Burghfield Taxis - 0118 959 0719
Transport United - 01865 340002