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School closures

Find out how to find a list of school closures in Suffolk and who decides to close a school due to severe weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Individual schools will be making their own arrangements in the event that they have staff who are taking part in the upcoming industrial action.

For this reason, the best place to see if your child’s school is open (or partially open) is via that school’s website.

Schools tell us about their decision to close. This is mainly due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

The schools closure website publishes updated information on all schools in Suffolk. 

Local radio stations will often use the website to broadcast information on a regular basis, particularly in the event of severe weather.

If there is an event that causes a large number of schools to close, the school closure website will go live with details of what schools have been affected.

Please note that the website only operates during circumstances when schools may close. For example, during winter months when severe weather is likely.

Who decides to close a school?

The headteacher is responsible for deciding to close their school.

They are best placed to take full account of all the circumstances that impact their school, pupils and staff.

Headteachers will always make every effort to ensure that their school remains open. However, in extreme conditions it can be very difficult, or even impossible, for pupils and staff to get to school.