Oxgangs Primary pupils back to school

Pupils will begin their summer term at Oxgangs Primary School as normal tomorrow (17 April).

The building was given the all-clear following a full independent condition survey of the school, commissioned by the Council following the discovery of faults on the roof and in suspended ceilings.

Previous checks, prompted by incidents earlier this year involving loose roof flashing and internal ceiling tiles, revealed that the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), the body responsible for building, maintaining and operating the city’s 17 PPP1 schools on behalf of the Council, had failed to carry out adequate repairs.

Remedial works were carried out by ESP last week and, following thorough and robust additional inspections, the Council has confirmed that these have now been completed to a satisfactory standard.

The Council further ordered precautionary checks on the remaining 16 PPP1 schools, which will also open as normal tomorrow.

Chief Executive Andrew Kerr said: “I'm pleased that pupils will be able to return from their Easter holidays to Oxgangs Primary and to other PPP1 schools as normal tomorrow.

“We have always stated that health and safety is paramount and our swift and decisive action has ensured that pupils - and their parents - didn’t face any disruption to their education.

“Of course, I share parents’ frustration that yet more issues have come to light and we continue to press ESP for a full explanation as to this latest failure.”

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