Snow: School closures in Brighton and Hove

A snowman in St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove
A snowman in St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove

Most Brighton and Hove schools are set open this morning (February 1) after heavy snowfall in the city last night.

The majority of secondary schools have confirmed they will be open including Dorothy Stringer, Varndean, Longhill, PACA, Hove Park and Patcham High.

Snow in Brighton and Hove

Snow in Brighton and Hove

St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School said it would open at the later time of 10.30am to ensure all students could get to school safely.

And Carden Primary School will open at the later time on 10am.

Here is a list of schools which have confirmed they will be CLOSED today:

- Bevendean Primary School

- Downs View Special School

- Rudyard Kipling Primary School

This list will be updated throughout the morning.

Advice from a Brighton law firm for parents

Tony Hyams-Parish is a partner at law firm DMH Stallard "Section 57A(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 allows employees to take a reasonable period of time off to deal with an unexpected incident which involves the employee's child while they are at school (or another educational establishment). School closure due to weather is likely to fall under these rules.

"As soon as reasonably practicable, the employee must tell the employer of the need to leave work and the reason for this. This should include sufficient information to enable the employer to determine whether the statutory right applies.

"They must also tell the employer how long they expect to be away from work (unless it is not reasonably practicable). The right is to take a "reasonable" amount of time off to take action which is "necessary", and this will always depend on the circumstances.

"Importantly, there is no right to be paid during this time.

"Although that’s the strict legal position, many employers will be more flexible. They can allow employees to work from home, make time up later or where a longer period is necessary, allow holiday to be taken. Some will allow the time off without any consequence such as deduction of pay."