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  Emergency Closure & Severe Weather Alerts

In severe circumstances we unfortunately have to close the school on health and safety grounds. This decision is not taken lightly and usually made before students set foot on site; we do everything that we can to alert all members of the school community as quickly as is humanly possible.

The decision is always considered very carefully indeed and balances the risks to health and safety (both on site and during the journey to and from school) with the inevitable loss of learning time that takes place and the inevitable inconvenience to parents. Students can access resources from home via the following sites, BBC Bitesize, MyMaths and also Doddle.

If it snows heavily whilst we are in school we will do all we can to stay open.  However, if for Health and Safety reasons, we do need to close during the day, we will alert parents/carers using our text messaging system (please see Emergency School Closure Procedure below) as well as giving students the opportunity to use their own mobiles or the schools telephones should they need to.  There will be an area in school for students to wait in if they so wish. Please discuss with your son/daughter any arrangements in advance you might wish to make in the event of the school closing early. 

School Emergency Closure Procedure 

Should school need to close during the day the following procedure will be followed:

 ·         Text messages will be sent to parents informing them that school will be closed 30 minutes later

 ·         Students can use those 30 minutes to contact parents if necessary using their mobile phones. School phones will also be available for this purpose

 ·         After 30 minutes students will be released

 ·         Any students not able to go home will remain in school

 ·         Food will be available if necessary and if possible

Please can you make arrangements for such a situation and discuss these with your child so they understand.

When a decision is made we will contact the following radio stations:

Radio Station


BBC Hereford & Worcester - Worcestershire 104 FM
BBC Hereford & Worcester - Kidderminster 104.6 FM
BRMB 96.4 FM
Heart FM 100.7 FM
The Wyre 107.2 FM

Text Messages

Baxter College uses a system to send important information home via text messages. If you email the school office ( with your child's name, your name and mobile number, we will ensure that you are added to this system. All data that we hold is subject to the requirements of the data protection act.

Exam Information

All external exams will still take place even if school is closed. Students Should report to the E-Block at 08:30 for morning exams and 12:30 for afternoon exams. If they have exams in the morning and the afternoon they will need to bring a packed lunch.

Any students not attending will not be able to sit the exam until the Summer Term.




Any road closures, diversions or cancellations to transport services (both local bus and school transport) will be displayed on the County Council website ( as a flashing alert along the top of the screen. We will endeavour to contact specific schools if there is any disruption to their transport services, in advance wherever possible.

Transport Team Contact Details

The office is usually manned between 0745 hrs and 1700 hrs, Monday to Friday.

Transport 24/7 Out of Hours No. (Chris Holloway) : 07852 321 547

Local Bus / Education Transport (South Worcestershire) : 01905 822 076

Local Bus / Education Transport (North Worcestershire) : 01905 822 081

Special Access Transport (SEN / Social Care) : 01905 822 094

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