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Russell Scott School to Reopen Tomorrow
Wednesday 18th May 2016 @ 18:10 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News

Russell Scott Primary School will reopen tomorrow after being closed today due to safety concerns.

Headteacher Stephen Marsland and the Denton school’s Board of Governor’s took the action after independent advice from “Architects, Mechanical and Electrical specialists, Access Consultant, Court Expert Witness and Insurance Risk Control Consultant,” all of whom believed that children and staff safety were compromised.

Tameside Council and Carillion plc questioned the legality and necessity of the closure.

Parents were left scrambling to find childcare after the announcement of the closure at 7pm last night and many have been forced to take time off work. Teachers were told to work at other schools across the borough today or risk losing a days pay.

The school also said that the fire strategy was compromised but an inspection by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service this afternoon deemed the school safe.

The school will now reopen tomorrow at 8:55am as normal.

A statement from the school said: “The Governors of Russell Scott were pleased to receive this afternoon independent categorical assurance from the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service following an extensive and thorough inspection that the School was, and continues to remain safe, and that the health and safety of any pupil or visitors to the site was never compromised.

“Consequently, the Governors are confident that we can reopen tomorrow the school for normal school hours as we are in a position to reassure parents and pupils of their safety.

“The building works are still progressing and we are working with the Local Education Partnership to bring the works including playing fields and outstanding snagging issues to a successful conclusion in the best interests of the children.

“We apologise for to all concerned for any inconvenience caused by today’s closure.”