Balfour Infant School

Severe weather procedure



 We will always aim to keep the school open wherever possible, however if we are unable to open we will notify you at the earliest opportunity.

In the event of heavy snowfall during the course of a school day we will inform you if we take the decision to close the school early. It is extremely important therefore that we have up to date telephone numbers for you. Please be assured that if we close the school early, all children will be held safely in school until collected.  Following any period of closure, a message will be sent out as soon as we know we can re-open the school.  Please see below various methods available to enable you to find out if our school is open during severe weather conditions.

Please be assured that if there are no messages available then our school is open as normal.

As early as possible in the morning the school will send a message via the Balfour Infant School App if the school is closed. Please ensure you have our app downloaded on your phone. A message will be sent out via our app if the school has to close during the school day.   

OpenCheck for Parents: We will notify OpenCheck as soon as possible on the day.  OpenCheck allows to you check the status of your child’s school.  This easy-to-use service can be accessed via  On the site from the ‘Select an Authority’ dropdown list please choose Medway and from the ‘Select a School’ dropdown please select Balfour Infant School.

We will update our School Website as soon as possible; however please note the website can become flooded if accessed by hundreds of parents.

We will notify Heart FM radio station if our school is closed for the day or closing early due to adverse weather.  Our school will not be mentioned on the radio if we are open as usual

Please do not confuse radio announcements for Balfour Infant School with those for Balfour Junior School.  As we are separate schools with members of staff living at different locations the two schools are not always closed at the same time. 



Balfour Infant School, Pattens Lane, Rochester, Kent ME1 2QT
For all general enquiries please contact our Headteacher Ms D Atkinson
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms D Atkinson
For all enquiries relating to SEND please contact our LINC Mrs M Forbes
Our Data Protection Officer is Ms D Atkinson

Tel: 01634 338280