Communication of College closure: Winter 2019-20

The education of our students is important to us and we strive to remain open to ensure that we can deliver timetabled lessons.  However, in adverse weather conditions such as heavy snow, the College may need to close owing to: health and safety reasons; staff being unable to travel in to work; breakdown of services, or other reasons.

In the event of the College needing to close, this will be communicated as follows:  

Snow/adverse weather overnight snow:  Closure messages will be posted via the following channels: College website, Facebook, BBC Radio Wiltshire and Heart Radio, by 7.30am at the latest.   We will endeavour to post earlier than this, as we are aware that students travel some distance to College, but this may not always be possible. 

Daytime Snow: If snow arrives and worsens during normal College opening hours, then a decision as to whether to close will be made by the Principalship team based on local conditions and advice from transport companies. We will try and make this decision as early as possible and communicate internally to students on site, to staff via all-staff email and via our website and to students via Facebook. A number of staff members will remain on site until all students have departed – no student will be left stranded.  Evening students and venue hire clients will be contacted in advance by text or email.   

Evening Snow: If snow arrives or worsens after 5.30pm, a member of the Principalship team will make the decision to close and staff will inform classes and students on site.  

Please note that we will be unable to respond to out-of-hours queries made via social media pages during adverse weather – the channels listed above should be used in the first instance.