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All Edinburgh schools to reopen by August

NCE stock health and safety

The Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), which manages and operates the PPP1 schools on behalf of the city council, has said that all of the schools currently closed will be repaired by 8 August.

Pupils will return to Oxgangs Primary, St Peter’s Primary and Braidburn School by Tuesday 24 May, with other schools opening during June. The final tranche will be repaired and ready to open in August ahead of pupils returning in the middle of the month.

Indications of structural problems have been found at all of the 17 schools in the city currently closed. Safety concerns were originally raised in March after a wall collapsed in high winds at Oxgangs Primary School. The council said engineers working on remedial works at the school had found an absence of “header ties”, the sliding links that connect the inner block wall to the structural steel frame.

Council leader Andrew Burns said: “Being able to reopen three schools next month and a further five in June is a positive step forward and means over 4,000 pupils should be back in their schools before the end of the summer term.”

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  • Doesn't NCE have any professional insights to the failures of supervision in this case, especially given the type fault across the entire school building estate?
    Are there no concerns regarding the possibility that the construction firm involved may have incorporated such faults into other buildings it has been responsible for?
    I would have expected more from NCE than the regurgitation of press releases on this matter.
    Andrew Porter

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