SCHOOL CLOSURE - THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2015
We are very sorry to announce a forced closure on THURSDAY 3rdth SEPTEMBER. The buildings works have increased by 50% from the start of the project and due to increased workload over the summer holidays we will need an additional day to ensure the classrooms and whole school are clean and safe.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, the chair of governors and head teacher have explored every possible way to avoid this situation.
All staff have been denied access for the whole summer holidays due to health and safety reasons, this includes cleaners. Normally our teachers would spend at least 3 days setting up over the holidays – in a school with no building works.
The INSET days could not be used as we have training that has been booked and paid for.
Removals and setting up of new furniture in seven rooms in school is being completed by a firm, they will not finish until Wednesday 2nd late afternoon. This means teachers will have no opportunity to get the school corridors and classrooms ready in time for Thursday. The teachers will still need to come in over the weekend to ensure everything is in place.
I know this will impact on our families and I appreciate finding additional childcare can cause problems. However, after speaking with Shire Hall, I would not want to place any child at risk of harm due to the school not being safe and fit for purpose.
I hope you can appreciate the reasons for the closure, this is not how we wanted to start the year, however, I can assure you that when you see the finished product you will be amazed at what has been achieved in such a short space of time. The builders have been in weekends and working until 7pm in the evenings on many occasions.
Once the governors have met in full, we will arrange an additional day in the school year so that our children do not miss out on a day at school. A date will be arranged in the summer term to give parents plenty of notice.
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 4th September. We will then notify you of a date for an official walk around to see the completed works.
Thank you for your continued support, and our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Mrs Gayle Fletcher