Red warning of wind

Starts: 10:00 GMT on Fri 18 February

Ends: 15:00 GMT on Fri 18 February

Storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday – Flying debris resulting in danger to life – Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down – Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights – Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage – Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes

Dear Parents/ Carers,

The following weather alert was issued at 3 44am this morning. I have taken this from the BBC Weather site and it is for the whole of Worthing and all of West Sussex.

This is a red weather alert, almost exactly for the college day and it preceded and superseded by a yellow alert.

Train and road delays will mean it will be difficult to get all staff in place (staff travel from Portsmouth, Brighton, Chichester and Burgess Hill to college) for an effective start.

It is clear that there is a high risk of disruption during the day with power cuts etc. This will not make for a pleasant or potentially safe day in college.

The high winds will also make it difficult for the high sided minibuses and the return home will happen within the time for the red weather warning.

Consequently I have made the decision, having spoken to the on site premises team and consulted with other Headteachers that we will be closed for today. 

On line activities and work will be put onto the on line learning platform on our website during the morning and links will be sent to you.

I am sorry to cause this inconvenience however the safety of all in the community and the ability to keep everyone safe is our number one priority.

Your support and cooperation is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely


Phillip Potter


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