School closures

Schools, education and learning

Alert

Following instructions from the Department of Education, all nurseries and schools will be closed from 5pm Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice. 

Most schools and nurseries in the borough will remain open to provide childcare for a limited number of children.

Children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are designated as keyworkers and those who are unable to make other childcare arrangements.

Vulnerable children include those who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans

Schools and nurseries will be contacting parents to discuss plans for their children. We are working to ensure these arrangements can continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents designated as keyworkers are those whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, including those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. 

For education queries please phone the Department for Education on 0800 046 8687 or email them at coronavirus@education.gov.uk (opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday).

You can find latest information on school closures across the borough on our website and get updates across our social media channels.

 

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When the status of a school is shown as 'not known', it means that we have not been notified by that school of any closure / issues. Please contact the school directly for information on whether they will be opening.

Only closures / issues that the Council have been notified of are published on this web page.

For further information, please contact your child's school directly if you have any questions about any school closure.

Schools in Waltham Forest Click to get info

This list is in alphabetical order.

  • Burnside Secondary: Key stage 3 and 4 PRU: 
    Burnside Secondary PRU, Burnside Avenue,
    Chingford E4 8YJ
    Tel: 020 84961962
    george.collins@walthamforest.gov.uk
  • Forest College Pathways
    18A Orford Road, Walthamstow E17 9LN
    Tel: 020 8503 7582
  • Hawkswood Primary PRU: - Closed
    Antlers Hill, Chingford E4 7RT
    Tel: 020 8524 8239

Colleges Click to get info

Severe weather Click to get info

In the event of severe weather head teachers have been asked to ensure information is available by phone, text or on the school's website.

Schools should remain open whenever possible. Decisions on whether an individual school stays open during bad weather conditions will be taken by the Headteacher after carrying out a risk assessment.

In the event of snow, if your child is taken to school on a vehicle arranged by the local authority please note:

  • If all roads are covered in snow there will be no school transport and the special schools will not be open
  • If the main roads are cleared but the side roads are not cleared it is unlikely that transport will be running, CT Plus will do their best to let you know on the day or telephone them on 020 8509 9140
  • If all the roads are clear and transport is able to run please check that the schools are open:
  • Brookfield House will have a message on their website to inform parents
  • Joseph Clarke School ask that parents ring the school each morning on 020 8523 4833 or check this web page for updates with regard to the school closing
  • Whitefield School will text message all parents if they have a mobile number or if not they will telephone parents
  • William Morris School ask that parents ring the school 020 8503 2225 
  • If you take your own child to school or they use public transport please check that your school is open

Contact Click to get info

Families Directorate

Waltham Forest Town Hall Forest Road Walthamstow 
London 
E17 4JF