Monday 19th March

We are open today and breakfast is being served, but please be very careful on the roads. Powys have gritted and their roads are clear but Shropshire roads which do not go anywhere in Shropshire are not good, with some drifts still onto the roads. There is no school transport all day today.
See you later.

Monday 19th March

Oh good, more snow.
The situation at present is as follows:
The information from Powys County Council is that the majority of the snow has fallen and that it is expected that the conditions across the authority will improve overnight and tomorrow morning. With the exception of one or two high routes the main trunk, A and B class routes are expected to in reasonable condition by the end of this afternoon, with highways gritting the main routes again late this afternoon/early evening followed by another treatment first thing in the morning.
The Community College have closed because of the ice in the area but as we found last time Powys are better at keeping the roads clear. Please look at conditions in your area before travelling.
Powys Home to School Transport will be running tomorrow, with any local decisions not to run being left to the individual contractors.
At the moment I am hoping that we will be open tomorrow, subject to being able to get enough staff in to ensure safety. With more snow forecast and the existed snow blowing around we will need to look at this again in the morning. The intention is to clear paths around school in the morning but things might still be icy so please take care.
As always, please keep an eye on the school website and Facebook for any updates.

Parent Governor vacancy

Each school has a governing body which plays an important part in the life of the school. The governing body has a general responsibility for the strategic management, which means:

  • setting aims and objectives for the school;
  • adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • and reviewing progress towards achieving the aims and objectives.

Governing Bodies are made up of local people and will include parents, persons appointed by the Local Authority, teachers, staff and the headteacher and may include representatives of the local community. All school governing bodies include parent governors who are normally elected by parents of registered pupils at the school.

Churchstoke CP School currently has a vacancy for a parent governor.

Why become a Governor?

  •  To make an important contribution to education by supporting the school community, its staff and pupils and helping to raise standards of education
  •  To experience rewarding and challenging opportunities
  •  To help to develop your existing skills and also learn new ones
  •  To meet and work with new people
  •  To gain awareness of the education system

A Governor is a volunteer who:

  •  has an interest in education;
  •  represents those with a key interest in the school;
  •  is part of a team which accepts responsibility for everything a school does;
  •  has time to commit to meetings and other occasions;
  •  is willing to learn;
  •  is able to act as a critical friend who supports the school but also challenges and asks questions about how the school works and the standards it achieves;
  •  acts as a link between parents, the local community, the Local Authority and the school.

If you are interested in the role of parent governor, please get in touch with Mr Roberts or the Clerk to the Governors Lindsey Davies (

Further update on Monday 4th March

From Powys LA:
“As the weather is starting to improve, we are expecting home to school transport and local bus services to operate tomorrow and subsequent days where the Operator assesses it is safe to do so. As the snow continues to melt, the weather forecasters are still warning of some icy conditions overnight and early morning. The local contractor may decide to shorten an individual route due to the local road conditions and this decision will be left with them.”
Powys Highways have said that they will not get round to every school in the county with gritters before the start of school. Please bear in mind that the school site is very wet and therefore may be icy in the morning. Take care both on the way to school and on the way in.

Monday 4th March

With a general thaw and the promise of temperatures above zero overnight it looks like we are open tomorrow. As always, take account of your local conditions and only travel if it is safe to do so. Main roads seem to be passable with care, albeit single track in places where the drifts have not been fully cleared but the message from Powys Highways is that their focus will be on “agreed priorities as set out in the Winter Maintenance Plan” and that they need to concentrate on “minor roads which remain impassable” so that “residents can access vital services as soon as possible.” The situation with regard to school transport is therefore not clear at present and as soon as I have an update I will let you know.
See you tomorrow morning!


Craig has just messaged to say that Soccerholics have to cancel the session on Tuesday 6th March due to a shortage of staff.

All parents who have paid upfront for the term will be either refunded or given an extra week following the Easter holidays.

Friday 2nd March

In view of the severe weather forecast for strong winds with more prolonged snow throughout the night and Powys’ advice to consider the position as early as possible the decision is made – Churchstoke CP School will be closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March. Thank you for your support and understanding and enjoy the long weekend! The snow is now forecast to continue through to Sunday so we’ll think about Monday when we get a little closer…