Hayward's Primary School



This is a short message to inform everyone that due to the amber weather warning for the region today, the school has taken the decision to close. The snow is already falling heavily in Exeter and our caretaker has said the area around the school is already very icy. This is in order to safeguard children and their families from accident or injury whilst travelling to and from school, and also to protect staff also, many of whom live a significant distance away from school.

Devon and Cornwall Police also issued a statement yesterday, advising against travelling unless absolutely necessary on Thursday and Friday. 

We were hoping to remain open today, however the weather forecast has not improved and instead has worsened overnight. The school understands that closure can be an inconvenience to you, and we apologise for this, however it is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

As a result of the school closure, parents’ evening will be cancelled. We will re-schedule parents’ evening for Thursday 15th March and keep the allocated time slots the same. If there are any problems with this, please contact your child’s class teacher when we return to school.

The decision to open or not on Friday will be taken when conditions for travelling and safety of all users has been considered this afternoon, and you will be notified via text and email.

If, unfortunately, the school remains closed, then I will contact you via parentmail, will post information on the school website and Heart FM and BBC radio Devon will also be informed, so please stay tuned for information via all of these channels.

You will have seen on the news that heavy snow is disrupting schools in various parts of Devon, and a significant number of schools have closed yesterday, and have already notified the LA that they are presuming to be closed tomorrow. We will wait, however, before making this decision.

Kind Regards

Andy Smith

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