School closed as ceilings 'unsafe'

Albert Primary School in Penarth has been closed, after staff noticed damaged ceilings. Vale of Glamorgan Council says it will probably remain shut for the rest of the week.

Penarth primary school to reopen

Albert Primary School will reopen to pupils on Monday after it was deemed unsafe last week.

Staff at the school in Penarth noticed cracks in the ceiling and it was decided the school should close while a full inspection took place.

Repairs were required to three halls, the dining room, two classrooms and a corridor. The repair work is expected to completed by tomorrow.

The Council’s Cabinet has confirmed funding for improvements to the school had already been set aside for the year.

Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“The Council are developing plans with the Governing Body to spend the £135,000 available this financial year for Albert Primary to carry out extensive improvements to the school to reduce the risk of further closures.

We appreciate the difficulties that unplanned closures of schools cause parents and investigated options to try to open part of the school last week. Unfortunately this was not possible. I would like to thank parents, carers and children for their patience.”

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It comes as Albert Primary School in Penarth in the Vale Of Glamorgan was declared unsafe and shut down due to a dangerous roof.

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Penarth school probably closed for rest of week

Vale of Glamorgan Council says Albert Primary School in Penarth has been closed due to damaged ceilings - and will probably have to remain closed for the remainder of the week.

It says staff noticed yesterday that there were areas of loose plaster on two ceilings.

After an inspection, it was decided the school should be closed for further investigations.

Parents have been told the primary school - which has 450 pupils - will probably have to stay closed this week, while repairs are undertaken.

Next week is half-term.

The council says there is no issue with asbestos in the ceilings.

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.

– Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

School closes after being deemed 'unsafe'

The school's governing body took the decision to close the school last night

A primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan has been closed, after an inspection found parts of it were unsafe.

Albert Primary School in Penarth was founded in 1878 and is Grade II listed.

The school posted a statement on its website stating that after an inspection by Vale of Glamorgan Council, the governing body had "reluctantly taken the decision to close the school with immediate effect."

More than 380 children attend the school, with a further 70 in its nursery unit.

The school closed for more than 10 days in December after problems with its boiler.