Albert Primary School closed today after leaking ceilings
9:50am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
VALE-RESIDENT and Regional AM Andrew RT Davies has expressed his concerns following the news that Albert Primary School has closed after unsafe areas in the Grade II listed building were found.
“Clearly the right decision has been taken in the first instance and the priority now needs to be finding a way to minimise the disruption to the pupils’ education," he said.
“This is not the first time that this school has been forced to close and parents will be concerned that drastic action has once again been necessary to ensure safety.
“It is important that the Vale council keeps parents and teachers abreast of the situation and that they have a plan to get these children back to school as swiftly as possible.”
Albert Road Primary School currently has 385 pupils, with an additional 72 in the nursery school.
ALBERT Primary School has been closed due to damaged ceilings and is expected to re-open after the half term holidays.
It is thought that the "extremely heavy rain" over the weekend caused the ceilings to leak.
The Albert Road primary school has been closed after school staff noticed that there were areas of loose plaster on two ceilings.
The problem was noticed yesterday, October 21, and Vale of Glamorgan Council officers were called to inspect the ceilings.
It was decided that the school should be closed for further investigations and ceilings throughout the school are being checked.
Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Our officers think the damage has been the result of a water leak, probably caused by the extremely heavy rain we had over the weekend.
"The damaged ceilings are over two halls, which lead to the classrooms. My priority is the safety of the children and staff, so unfortunately we have to close the school while we make the ceilings safe.
"We apologise to parents for the inconvenience and I will make sure our officers do everything they can to have the school open again as soon as possible.”
Parents have been told that the school will probably have to remain closed this week while repairs are undertaken. Next week is the half term holiday.
There is no issue with asbestos in the ceilings.
PENARTH’S Albert Primary School has been closed with immediate effect after an inspection found areas of the building were “unsafe”.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has confirmed that the primary school will be closed until further notice.
The inspection was made at 6pm on Monday, October 21, and the school was closed this morning.
More than 380 children attend the school, with a further 72 in the nursery unit. The Victorian-era building also closed temporarily for repairs last year.
In December 2012, the school was closed down for emergency repairs to pipe work which required the floors being lifted up.
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