It’s Snow Joke

It is obviously a big decision to close a school or to keep it open, and I would never judge a fellow headteacher for their decision. I read a piece by Geoff Barton, the General Secretary of ASCL (the Heads’ union) about the decision being the loneliest decision you have to take, and I can testify to that after this week. The issue, of course, is that I simply can’t keep everyone happy. I think it is a self-evident truth that many students like a snow day, but it creates issues for parents with childcare/supervision (especially for younger years). Ultimately when making the decision, we have to weigh up the health and safety on site versus the moral duty of keeping a public service open. It is important to recognise that every school is unique: at Marshalls we benefit hugely from the close proximity to the main roads and a relatively tight catchment area for the vast majority of the students. There will always be a few that live further away, e.g. one student lives on the Dengie Peninsular and is pretty cut off, and we fully understand those students can’t get to school. I can honestly say it has nothing to do with government agendas or Ofsted.

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