During the winter months there are occasions when we can experience adverse weather conditions. It is always very difficult when we have snow and ice to determine how this will affect travel etc and I would ask that you follow the policy below if we experience any bad weather over the next few weeks.
If at all possible the school will remain open and staff will be here as normal. However due to road conditions some staff may be late arriving and the start of the school day could be affected. We would ask, therefore, that children do not arrive on these days until 9.00am.
We would ask that you refer to the school website www.wedmorefirstschool.org.uk.and your parentmail link until you are ready to leave for school so that you have the latest information. Anyone without access to parentmail or the website will be contacted directly by telephone.
The policy at Wedmore First School Academy for adverse weather conditions is as follows:
At the start of the school day
- The Headteacher, following advice obtained locally, will make a decision based on conditions at school and the surrounding roads and footpaths as to whether it is safe to open the school. The headteacher, where possible, will consult with neighbouring schools on the decision whether to close.
- To enable the school to open it may be necessary to delay the start time and again these details would be given to parents via parentmail and the school website.
- Information regarding school transport in bad conditions is very unreliable and we are quite unable to change this. If your coach does not turn up and you bring your child to school by car it is essential you collect your child at the close of school. You must be the best judge of local conditions and your decision to keep your child at home if in doubt seems to be a wise policy to adopt.
- Parents are asked to note that it may not be possible for staff to answer the telephone but it is our intention that the phone will be manned between O8:00 and 10:00 and 15:00 and 17:00, providing staff are able to reach school. Listening to the local radio, checking your parentmail link or viewing the school website for details of any closure is the preferred means of keeping up to date on developments. You may also be contacted by your local emergency information contact, or you may phone them. Numbers for these can be found on our severe weather telephone tree attached to this information.
During the school day
- Once a decision has been made to open the school it will not close during the day unless conditions seriously deteriorate.
- If the weather becomes severe during the day then parents may contact the school if they feel that they would like to collect their child early for safety reasons (i.e. traveling/walking long distances or collecting other children from local schools).
- The school will remain open until 3.25pm; however, if parents are delayed due to the adverse weather conditions, they should contact the school as soon as possible to give an anticipated arrival time.
- Children will be supervised until a parent/carer is able to collect them. The school will make every effort to contact parents/carers using all emergency contact information.
- Parents must consider their own safety, traffic congestion and safety of others in these circumstances and understand that children at Wedmore First School Academy will be cared for until it is possible for them to be collected.
This letter provides you with information regarding possible school closure in severe weather and we would ask that you keep this letter for future reference throughout the winter months.
Wedmore First School and Nursery has been bursting to share some fantastic news which they found out about in late August of this year. They have been awarded a Big Lottery Fund Grant for a gardening project at the School, named Project GROW. Some members of Wedmore First School PTA decided to apply this year to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant that would enable the school to purchase among other things a large polytunnel. Whilst they found out in late August they had been successful, there was an embargo on publicising the news until after December 3rd.
Currently the School has a great ‘allotment’ area with large raised vegetable beds, a small shed, and to the side of this a small Forest School area. However, the school is not able to fully utilise the garden due to having nowhere to grow plants and vegetables from seed. The school and the PTA are very excited that they can now acquire a polytunnel as they feel the benefit for the children in the school and nursery is potentially huge.
Other aspects of the project which are also being enabled due to the Big Lottery funding are; a Sensory garden with plants such as Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon Thyme, and creation of an outdoor seating area upcycling some railway sleepers the school already has.
The school has been running a gardening club for over 2 years which has been hugely over-subscribed. Project GROW will help this extra-curricular activity and allow opportunity for the school to utilise a properly set up outdoor growing area that will enrich the children’s learning, potentially on a daily basis. However, to ensure success of the Project, the PTA and the school will need help from the parents and local community to build the polytunnel and to maintain and support the garden once it is up and running. Once the polytunnel and other parts of the Project are up and running, the school hopes to hold an official Opening Ceremony!
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to the communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 they have awarded close to £6bn.
The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
If anyone wishes to find out more or offer help with the Wedmore School Garden Project please contact the School Office on 01934 712643.