Shock damage report forces school to ‘flit’

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Around 350 children face a surprise move at the start of term next week after safety fears forced the council to shut their school.

Council chiefs made the critical decision to close Holy Family Primary School and move its pupils to the former Lairdsland Primary in Kerr Street (closed earlier this year) when routine checks disclosed a crack in an upper floor wall.

Ahead of the council’s announcement several worried mums phoned the Herald seeking firm information, after rumours of the move spread on Facebook.

However, East Dunbartonshire Council then texted all parents to confirm the major flitting operation to currently locked-up and run-down Lairsdland. The move is expected to last at least until Christmas.

Holy Family’s nursery will not be affected, as it is in a completely separate wing from the main building.

The former Lairdsland school was recently reported to be in a poor state of repair, and posing the council problems making it fit for purpose in time for the new term.

Just how long remedial works may take will depend on the result of a specialist survey. The council’s spokesperson said: “Pupils who normally travel by bus to school will be taken to and picked up from the school on Kerr Street. For those who make their own way to school, buses will be provided from Holy Family to Kerr Street and back at the end of the school day.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said, “It is a difficult operation to decant a school and provide the service from other premises and we understand that this is disruptive for parents and pupils, especially for those just about to start primary one.

“I am sure that parents will appreciate that the decision wasn’t taken lightly and it is vital that we carry out this specialist survey to ensure that the correct remedial works are carried out on the school building.”

“The former Lairdsland Primary School was identified as a suitable temporary school building as it is in close proximity to Holy Family Primary and can accommodate the full school roll. Council officers are working hard to ensure that the building is fully functional and welcoming for the children at the start of the new term.

“I am sorry for the inconvenience and disruption that this will cause to the families of Holy Family Primary and I will ensure parents are kept regularly updated with any developments.”

Further details are on the council website, or phone 0300 1234510.