Snow and Bad Weather

School Closure

Ashcroft School and Cottons Farm will always do everything they can, to avoid closing at short notice. The Executive Head, Heads of Schools and Governors appreciate the difficulty and inconvenience caused to families when schools close unexpectedly.

In some circumstances such as a heating failure, staffing issues or poor winter weather, teachers may not be able to get to school and have no option but to close.

Decisions will be made very early in the morning by 7.30am.

How do I find out if the school is closed?

We will text all parents as soon as the school is aware that it will be closed. If you are unsure whether the school has your right number, please do not start to contact the school. This will make the school telephone lines very busy.

We will inform parents by:

  • Text

  • Website 

  • Twitter/Facebook

  • BBC Radio Derby


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    We will also inform BBC Radio Derby of the school closure who will broadcast regular updates and put a list of schools that are closed on their website.


You can listen to BBC Radio Derby on 104.5, 95.3 and 96 FM or 1116 AM.

Other local radio stations may also broadcast updates on school closures including Capital FM and Gem 106 FM.

Please be aware that the school takes calls to the switchboard early in the morning especially in the winter. You may find it difficult to get through so please be patient. We will answer your call as soon as we are able.

Follow us on our Facebook and Twitter for updates.



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Contact Us


Ashcroft School

Mrs E Mills/Mr J Heer

01332 764160

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs M Ubhie

SENCO Contact: Mrs S Brown

Mrs M Ubhie

Cottons Farm

Mrs J Hackett/Mrs P Syed

01332 771370

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss D Donnelly

SENCO Contact: Mrs Hadfield

Mrs D Donnelly

Ash Croft Primary School

Deepdale Lane,

Derby, DE24 3HF

01332 764 160

Mrs E Mills

Email the School


Sheridan Street,

Derby, DE24 9HG

01332 771 370

Mrs J Hackett

Email the School