Severe Weather

Every effort will be taken to ensure that the school remains open and it will close only if the Headteacher considers there is a risk to the health and safety of pupils and staff. This decision to close will not be taken lightly as we are mindful of the disruption which a closure causes both to the pupils’ education and to parents.

Closure before the start of the school day

Closure of the school will be advised to parents by text as early in the morning as is practicable.

Notice of closure will also be posted on the following websites:
St John Fisher
Wigan Council
Wish FM

If you are not made aware of a closure by the above means then the school will be open as normal. Please do not ring the school to check on the situation as this will block our phone lines which may be required for emergency use.

Closure during the school day

Parents will be informed as above.
Please ensure that you make contingency arrangements with your child should the school close. For example, to whose home they should go to if you are at work. No child should leave school if they have nowhere to go. In such circumstances, they must remain on site where they will be supervised until the end of the school day at 3pm.

It is important that parents advise school of their current mobile numbers to ensure that the school’s text messages are received.

External examinations guidance

We will make every attempt to ensure that External Examinations continue to take place as scheduled by the Examination boards, and where possible will draft staff into school to conduct exams as timetabled, including where the school is closed to normal lessons. This includes occasions where the Local Education Authority announces that all schools are closed.

In the unlikely event that an external examination has to be cancelled a message will be placed on the school website as early as possible.

The boards do not allow deviations to the timetable, therefore all exam students must make every effort to attend school to sit their exam at the scheduled time. Whilst it is possible to accept students who are delayed please be aware that the JCQ regulations state that the Awarding Bodies may not mark exam papers if candidates arrive later than one hour after the published start time.

The Exam Awarding Bodies do not grant any special consideration for students who fail to turn up for their exams.

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