Legionella-hit school reopens

A new 'super school' in Cardiff has reopened following the discovery of legionella bacteria in its water system on Wednesday. Eastern High was forced to close just three days after opening while maintenance work was carried out.

Cardiff school to reopen following legionella discovery

A new Cardiff school which closed after just three days due to the presence of legionella bacteria will reopen tomorrow.

Eastern High, dubbed a 'super school', brings together 1,500 pupils from the former Rumney and Llanrumney high schools.

Eastern High will reopen to all pupils tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18.

The school was closed last week in order for essential maintenance work to be carried out following the discovery of legionella bacteria during a routine test at the school.

The work is now complete and the school can now reopen.

We apologise for the inconvenience this caused.

– Eastern High School statement

Legionella closes Eastern High in Cardiff for fourth day

Eastern High School closed last Thursday following the discovery of legionella bacteria Credit: ITV News

A new 'super school' in Cardiff will remain closed again today following the discovery of legionella bacteria on the site.

Eastern High School, which shut on Thursday, had only been open three days before a routine test found the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' Disease on the site.

Public health officials say that there is a low risk to health and the school is expected to reopen tomorrow.

Eastern High brings together 1,500 pupils from the former Rumney and Llanrumney high schools.

On its website, the school says that pupils in Years 7 and 11 are taking lessons at nearby Llanederyn High School, while work is being posted on the school's website for Years 8,9 and 10 to follow.

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Legionella: Eastern High to remain closed tomorrow

A new 'super school' in Cardiff will remain closed again tomorrow following the discovery of legionella bacteria on the site.

Eastern High, which closed on Thursday after being open for just three days, brings together pupils from the former Rumney and Llanrumney high schools.

The bacteria was discovered during a routine test, but officials have stressed it is of low risk to health.

The school will need to remain closed tomorrow in order for essential maintenance work to be continued following the discovery of legionella bacteria during a routine test at the school.

Work is continuing on the school’s water system, and we expect the school to open on Wednesday, September 18th. We will give a further update on this tomorrow.

The legionella bacteria is of low risk to health and is commonly present in the environment. It cannot be transmitted from person to person or as a result of drinking water or hand washing.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

– Eastern High School statement

The school said pupils in Years 7 and 11 are instead taking lessons on the site of Llanedeyrn High School, while work is being posted on the school's website for Years 8, 9 and 10 to follow.

Cardiff school to stay shut following legionella find

Eastern High School sign
Eastern High School combines the former Rumney and Llanrumney high schools Credit: ITV News

One of Cardiff's newest schools will remain closed today after the bug responsible for Legionnaires disease was found at the site.

Eastern High School was shut last Wednesday when routine tests found traces of the bug, but officials insist the bacteria is a low risk to health.

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It is not yet clear how long Eastern High will remain closed for Credit: ITV News

Eastern High School: Legionella discovery 'is low risk'

The legionella bacteria is of low risk to health and is commonly present in the environment but the school's water system does need to be chlorinated thoroughly as a result.

We have been speaking with health care professionals, who have assured us that Legionnaires' Disease, which can arise as a result of this bacteria, cannot be transmitted from person to person or as a result of drinking water or hand washing.

As a precaution, due to the work which needs to be undertaken and the disruption this will cause to the school, it will remain closed until further notice.

– Eastern High School

New Cardiff school Eastern High closes after three days

Cardiff's new 'super school' Eastern High is located on the former Rumney site Credit: ITV News/Nicola Hendy

Around 1,500 pupils were told to stay at home today after a 'super school' in Cardiff was forced to close for emergency maintenance work - just three days after it opened.

The school said legionella bacteria had been discovered in its water system during a routine test.

The bug is responsible for Legionnaires' Disease, although health officials have stressed the bacteria is of low risk to health.

Eastern High School brings together pupils from the former Rumney and Llanrumney high schools.

The school says legionella bacteria has been found in the water system Credit: ITV News/Nicola Hendy

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