Adverse Weather Conditions

Winter Weather Advice

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice and Schools are often affected.

In the event of severe weather conditions, we will endeavour to keep Great Orton Primary School open. However if it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite, or enough staff cannot reach the school to ensure we have enough staff to man the school safely, then we would need to make the decision to close the school.

How will we let you know if the school is closed?

If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions then the decision may be made to close the school. Once this decision has been made, we will notify parents via -

·         SMS/Email (please make sure that we always have your up to date details).

·         We will also publish the information on the school website 

          and school Facebook page         

.         You can visit the Cumbria County Council website using the attached link

·         Parents can listen to CFM Radio or Radio Cumbria for school closure announcements.


What can you do to help?


  • Please approach the school carefully and DO NOT PARK directly outside the school gates under any circumstances


  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.


  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if the weather dictates.