School Closure

Good Afternoon Parents / Carers / Transport arranger’s / Taxi companies and Staff

It is with regret, that after what has already been a very disruptive week, we are having to make the decision that we are closing for the remainder of the week. This is obviously due to the weather forecast in place for the remainder of the week.

We cannot express enough how sorry we are that we have had to take the action that we have this week and look forward to opening on Monday morning as usual (weather dependant).


Henrik, Emma and Sara

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School Closed


School closed today due to severe weather for all pupils .All staff due in if it is safe to travel.We will review this Thursday morning,please phone the school after 7.30 AM Thursday .Thank You for your support.

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School closed today due to severe weather for all pupils and staff.We will review this Wednesday morning,please phone the school after 7.30 AM Wednesday .Please do not let your child travel in untill you have spoken to someone from the school,Thank You for your support.

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Weather update

Good evening.

Thank you all for your support today. The weather has not been as expected and we continue to get very mixed forecasts for the weather overnight tonight. We unfortunately remain in the same position, regarding being unsure if staff will be able to travel into school safely in the morning to receive the children. With this in mind please do not let your child travel in until you have spoken to someone from the school. Our aim is to have the phones answered from 7.30am. For those pupils that attended today and as a result used up their taxi journeys for the week, we will attempt to transport if we are open.

Thank you

Henrik, Emma and Sara

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Weather Update

Good Evening parents / Carers, taxi drivers, transport arrangers and staff.

Further to our communication with you on Friday. 

Due to the uncertainty of the severity of the impending winters storms we have decided, for the safety of our pupils and staff, to take the following steps:

  • Open on Monday as usual for those that can travel into school and home again the same day. We realise that this will depend on the ability for transport arrangers and taxis to agree to transport. We will look to transport local children home (within an hour of the school).
  • We will make a decision as to whether we are opening, based of the Met-Office forecast, on a day to day basis.
  • Our decision will be made by 6pm each day so please remember to check your inbox and our website. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but our pupils and staff safety is paramount.
The safety element refers to the ability to move around the site as well as traveling to and from Farney Close.

For those pupils unable to attend school we will post or email work home to them on Monday. 
Staff are expected to attend their normal shifts as long as it safe for them to travel.

We will attempt to have someone answering phones from 7.30am each day - until that time the phones will go to answer phone.

Thank you for your support with this.


Henrik, Emma and Sara 

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Snow Coming !

Re. Local Weather Forecast

I am sure that you will have seen the recent weather forecast stating that it is likely we will have extremely cold weather and significant snow fall during the next two weeks. We are expecting to be able to keep the school open throughout this time but only if we have sufficient staff on site to do so. Obviously we need the staff in to look after the young people, feed them etc.

At this point the met office are pointing towards us having a significant snow fall Monday afternoon into Tuesday; this will mean that we will have to consider not opening on Monday as staff will not be able to travel safely into work Tuesday morning. Likewise, they are also saying we may get snowfall on Friday which may mean, if we have opened, we may need to close on Thursday. I am really sorry to be so vague about this but I am sure that you understand we can only respond to the information that is shared with us and that the safety of children and staff is paramount.    

Obviously weather forecasts change on an hour by hour basis so we will not make any decisions until later Sunday afternoon.  If we are not opening or opening late we will post a note on the message board on our website by 10pm Sunday. Please check the website before allowing your child to travel into school. Thank you for your support with this.

Kind Regards

Sara Hack
Head of Care

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Measles Outbreaks in the News Again

measels poster

We have been asked to pass this information on by the Immunisation TeamSussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Below is a pack of leaflets and information (various languages) for your information.

Measles Information Pack


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Christmas Timetable


Farney Close would like to wish all pupils (past and present), parents, carers and all parties involved with the school a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

 For present pupils here is a reminder of the week ahead:

Monday 18th December

Christmas Jumper day – swap your school sweatshirt for a Christmas Jumper in aid of the charity we support (Ankoma).

  • Usual school day until 3pm
  • 3pm – Carol Service

Tuesday 19th December

  • Usual school day until 12
  • 12 – All pupils to Houses
  • 12.30 – Christmas Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Break
  • 2pm – Afternoon Activities with Education Staff (no break)
  • 4pm – Back to Houses
  • Tea on Houses
  • 7pm - House decoration judging with Sara, Jane and Lester.

Wednesday 20th December

  • 9.30am – Tutor time.
  • 10.30am – Parents / carers invited for coffee and mince pies. There will be a raffle and tombola before the Play takes place.
  • 11am – School Christmas Play (Parents/cares invited)
  • 12 – All pupils leave for Holiday either with parents, carers or in taxis.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Start of term.

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Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child's play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys.

Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.
The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.

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Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here:

Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)

Parents can also contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002

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September 2017 Term

New academic Year 2017

Please note that pupils return to school on Wednesday 6th September

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