Message from the Headteacher

On Sunday afternoon, following heavy snow, I made the decision to close The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College for the following day, Monday 11th December.

I was hoping to be in a position to reopen the school on Tuesday 12th December, however the forecast predicted freezing night time conditions which made the school site, and journey to and from school, unsafe for both students and staff. It was therefore decided that the school should remain closed for a further day, and would reopen on Wednesday 13th December.

Whilst I am sure the unexpected snow days were enjoyed by many of our students and their families. I fully appreciated that a closed school places a burden on many families, however the safety of our students, and staff, had to be considered.

The day before each closure we were able to alert the vast majority of parents and carers via SMS, email and the school’s social media accounts. However, there was a small number of parents and carers with whom we were unable to contact as their details have not been updated. This situation highlights the importance of us holding the most up to date details for every parent and carer.

As the school’s Headteacher, I’d like to place on record my thanks to our site team who, despite the unpleasant conditions, have worked tirelessly to ensure the school site is safe and was ready for our students and staff to return on Wednesday. I’d also like to praise our performing arts staff, and the cast of our upcoming production ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’ who braved the elements to attend rehearsals.

I would like to encourage all students to wear sensible footwear, and warm clothing, when travelling to and from school; of course these items may also be worn if students choose to go outside at break and lunch time. However, once in the school building normal school uniform should be worn. While it is still icy, I have advised the students not to go outside and have temporarily placed the field out of bounds; we have therefore made extra indoor space available for students to use at break and lunch time.

As we approach the end of what has been a long term, our students can look forward to celebrating success in our Gold Book Assemblies, enjoying Christmas dinners with their House, and sharing in the Christmas assemblies, before finishing term at 12.25pm on Friday 22nd December.

Finally, on Wednesday, despite some areas still being icy this morning, I was pleased to see by far the majority of students in school as normal with school attendance at 92%.