Adverse Weather & School Closures

At any time of severe weather, the final decision about whether a pupil attends school when we are open rests with their parents or carer.

At times of adverse weather the safety of pupils and all staff is our prime consideration. However it is the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. In the event that adverse weather forces either the full or partial closure of the school we will put the following arrangements in place, in the order listed. Therefore please check this website, social media and the school information line first.


1) School Information Line

0800 564 22 72 (Charleston Academy PIN: 041720)

The telephone information service will be updated as early as possible on the morning concerned. At other times a generic message is left to indicate normal opening.


2) SEEMIS text message

We now have the new facility in SEEMIS (our school IT system) to send text messages to parents. In the event of us having to close or to have a later start due to adverse weather then we will send out a text message. All parents who have their current mobile phone number in our school system will receive this text. If you would like to receive this text but are unsure if we hold your most up to date mobile phone number then please contact the school office on 01463 234324 to update our records.


3) Other Sources

Details of all Highland school closures may also be available on the Council’s School Closures Website. Moray Firth Radio also broadcast the information that is published on the Highland Council site. However, the council website cannot be updated as early as our own school website or our twitter/Facebook pages. Information won’t appear on the council page or be broadcast on MFR until after 7am and will be limited. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or specific detail of the information passed on by third parties.