Call for Building Work at Barnhill Primary School to be Complete Before Pupils Return Next Week

8 August 2013 

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When I visited Barnhill Primary School on Monday evening, building work by the Council appeared to be seriously behind schedule for the new term beginning next Tuesday. 

Over the six week summer holiday, the temporary classroom that houses the Nursery Class was supposed to have been moved from its site close to the front entrance to a new location at the other side of the school. 

When I visited on Monday evening, I had expected to see the job done or merely the finishing touches to be completed.

Unfortunately the site preparation for the relocated hut was still being undertaken and the Nursery Hut hadn't budged from its original location.

The school looked like a building site with the playground on the Abercromby Street side of the school fenced off.

Apart from the temporary classroom being moved to its new location, services will need to be connected, there are access ramps to fit, external play equipment to be moved, secured and fenced off all before the Care Inspectorate are called in to inspect and approve the relocated nursery unit."

I contacted the Director of Education to pass on my observations and seeking a reassurance that the re-located Nursery will be ready to welcome its young pupils next week and the school site ready for its staff and pupils.

On Tuesday morning, I was relieved to hear from the Director that the Nursery Unit move had been rescheduled.

It will now be moved to its new location during the October holiday.

It still looks like it will be a challenge to get the playgrounds and the external areas around the school tidied up before the beginning of term.

When members of the Parent Council were briefed about the extension of their School earlier this year, they were assured that the work would be carefully scheduled and monitored to ensure that disruption to the teaching and learning would be minimised.

This does not appear to be the start that they were promised.