The school uniform is supplied by Pages of Maidstone, who hold a full list of requirements.
Unit 7-8 Granada House, Lower Stone Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JP
Tel no: 01622 753900
Severe Weather Plan for Parents and Families
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be on site.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils continue to learn. We will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter.
How will we let you know if the school is closed?
However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, we may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether we are open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if Ditton CE Junior School is closed. Parents can also listen to KMFC, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.
We will parent text, but this can take some time to come through due to the high volume of usage in the system. Please also check our website for updated information www.ditton-jun.kent.sch.uk
What can you do to help?
Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
Please approach the school with care and ensure suitable footwear is worn. Be aware that our road crossing patrol may not be in position.
Provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.
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 have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or a parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
Thank you for your support in helping us remain open during periods of severe snow and ice.