Snow Update

Copthorne Prep School will be open on Monday 6th December and school transport will be running as normal. Children and staff are expected in as long as their journey does not put themselves at any risk!

The rain over the weekend has helped to melt some of the snow and Ray and Jimmy worked hard on Friday to shift snow off the ashphalt and front drop-off area. All the main roads are clear and both Effingham and Mill Lanes are now passable in 2 wheel drive vehicles.

The forecast tonight is that temeratures should remain above freezing, so the journey into school tomorrow should be reasonable, but parents should make the ultimate decision!

As the forecast for Monday night is for sub-zero temperatures (as low as -6) with the subsequent risk of black ice, I have taken the decision to postpone the Year 8 Parents’ Evening to Thursday 6th January 2011, as no-one, staff or parents, would wish to be driving home after 9.30pm in potentially icy conditions.

I fully appreciate that some parents, particularly those whose children are taking important Scholarship or Entrance Exams early in January, will be disappointed as vital feedback/work for the holidays would need to be discussed, so I urge parents who fall into this category to email the relevant staff so that these important discussions can commence. The academic staff emails are listed below.

Maths –

English –

French –

Science –

History –

Geography –

RE –

Spanish –

Nativity Plays are re-scheduled as follows:

Reception – Wednesday 8th December at 2.30pm

Year 1 & 2 – Thursday 9th December at 9.00am

The Carol Service on Thursday 9th December at 7.00pm at St Swithun’s Church in East Grinstead, is still currently going ahead, pending the weather forecast for later in the week. All Year 3 – 8 children are involved, but Nursery and Pre-Prep children and parents are warmly invited to attend.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during the last few days, and although we all enjoy the beauty of the snow and the fun and excitement it brings, I am sure that a return to some sort of normality would be much appreciated by all!

Best wishes

Chris Jones


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