Pupils will continue to be taught in Ebbw Vale while the work is finished, although some may return to the Cwmcarn site in December.
Depending on progress over the next few weeks, some year groups will hopefully be able to return to the school in early December, but it is anticipated that the school will be fully operational after Christmas.
We fully understand that this is disappointing news and many pupils, staff and parents will be frustrated by this further delay, but I'm sure you can appreciate that the school must be made safe before it can re-open again.
– Jacqui Peplinski, Cwmcarn High School - Sandra Aspinall, Caerphilly County Borough Council
The reopening of Cwmcarn High School, which has been closed since October last year due to asbestos, has been delayed following the death of a contractor last month.
James Paul, 26, from Abertillery, was found dead on the afternoon of July 19 on the school site.
A pathologist's report found he might have been electrocuted.
A joint statement by Cwmcarn High School and Caerphilly County Borough Council today said asbestos removal and remediation works 'have been unavoidably affected following the tragic death' of Mr Paul.
It was hoped that the school would reopen to pupils and staff on Wednesday 4th September. However, unfortunately the delay to the works recommencing on site have impacted upon the return date for pupils to the school site.
We have a duty to provide continuous education for pupils, and as such, Cabinet will consider a recommendation for Cwmcarn High School pupils and staff to temporarily return to the Coleg Gwent Campus in Ebbw Vale while a programme of works continues at the school site.
We understand that pupils, parents and teaching staff alike will be disappointed by this update. However, we would like to assure all concerned that works are progressing as swiftly as possible at the school. We are working closely with the main contractor Caswell Group to help ensure that the timescales for this programme of work are kept to an absolute minimum – projections are that the works will be completed in time for students to return to the Cwmcarn High School site following October half term.
– Caerphilly County Borough Council and Cwmcarn High School statement
An inquest into Mr Paul's death was adjourned until 3 October while Gwent Police and the Health and Safety Executive carry out a joint investigation.
The family of Jamie Paul, 26, who died while carrying out work to remove asbestos at Cwmcarn High School, have paid tribute to him.
The whole family is devastated and cannot believe that he has been taken from us. The house will not be the same without him as he was a very vocal person with a wicked sense of humour and you certainly knew that he was around.
Jamie was a larger than life character who would help anybody if needed and will be deeply missed by all the family and his friends.
Jamie was the best fiancée, daddy, son, brother and uncle that anyone could wish to have who worked hard to provide for his family.
Jamie loved spending time and doing things with his young son Kingsley, going out on his bike, walking the dog, mending the car anything really they were inseparable.
In a statement Caerphilly Council and Cwmcarn High School say the coroner is now looking into the death of a 26-year-old man found dead at the school last Friday.
This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathy are with the family at this difficult time. We are awaiting an update from the Coroner’s Office about the cause of death, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.
?"We look forward to working with the council to progress the scheme" said Gary Thomas, Chair of Governors at Cwmcarn.
"I would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last few months while we worked hard to resolve this issue".
"We are aiming to get pupils back on site on September 2, but to do this we will need to provide temporary accommodation as a short term measure while works are completed within the school buildings" said Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Caerphilly Council's member for education.
I would like to assure the school community that we are ready to move quickly as soon as a decision is made, but we are becoming increasingly frustrated by the school’s lack of progress and it now seems we must wait until next week for a decision to be made.
Time is fast running out and I would urge the school leadership to take decisive action before we miss our window of opportunity to get the work done in time,” he added.
– Nigel Barnett, Acting Chief Executive, Caerphilly County Borough Council