Address:
Vicarage Road
Yalding
Maidstone
Kent
ME18 6DP

Headteacher:
Mrs Sarah Friend

Office Manager:
Mrs Deborah Mead

Telephone:
01622 814298
Email:
office@yalding.kent.sch.uk

Severe Weather


In the event of snow or severe weather we will make every attempt for the school to remain open, should it be possible and safe to do so.  It is the responsibility of parents to decide whether the journey to school is safe to undertake. If a child is unable to attend due to poor conditions, please notify the school office.

In the event of severe weather conditions, school closures can be checked online. The web address for this site is www.kentclosures.co.uk . Please type Yalding into the search box and the school will be listed, indicating whether it is open or closed.   School closure information will be live within minutes of the decision being taken.  You may wish to sign up for the SMS or email alerts issued from the website.  Please be aware you will be charged for SMS alerts.  BBC Radio Kent, Heart FM and KMFM will also broadcast closures. In addition to this, we will send parents notification via Home Connect (our email system) and the school website will show if the school is closed.  Please avoid trying to ring the School Office unless absolutely necessary.

If the school is open during severe weather please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.

If on the rare occasion school needs to close during the day due to deteriorating conditions, you will be informed by telephone, Home Connect or the school website. In these conditions, please monitor your emails frequently, throughout the day.  Please avoid collecting children early before the end of the day unless you feel their safety is at risk, and always contact the school prior to collection.  Late opening and/or early closure is also a possibility in poor weather conditions and we will inform you of this as soon as possible.

If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up. Please would you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school in writing.

During severe weather information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent will be available on www.kent.gov.uk/winter.

In cold weather, and when there is snow and ice, please ensure that your child is warmly clothed and that shoes and boots have a good grip for icy conditions. During snowy weather, if it is safe to do so, the children may be allowed out at breaktimes to make snowmen. They will however, need to bring to school: a change of trousers or their PE joggers, a spare pair of socks/tights and wellington or snow boots. It would also be advisable for them to bring an extra set of gloves. Children will need their indoor shoes for use throughout the day.