Gravesend primary school closed after ceiling collapse
PUBLISHED: 12:42 09 July 2018
Children at a Gravesend primary school have the day off today, Monday, July 9, after a ceiling collapsed over the weekend.
The damage was only discovered when staff arrived at Singlewell Primary School early on Monday morning, and the decision to shut the whole school was taken immediately.
They said it would give time for contractors to clear the debris, make repairs, and check the strength of other ceilings.
Parents of pupils at the Mackenzie Way school were told the works will be done as rapidly as possible to minimize inconvenience.
A Kent County Council spokesman said: “Singlewell Primary School is closed following the collapse of the ceiling above the staff room. There were signs of structural stress on Friday evening and the collapse occurred on Saturday evening. The building was empty at the time.
“Unfortunately, the damage has affected the rest of the school because of the impact on access to other areas of the building and on facilities, including toilets, ICT equipment and administration.
“A structural engineer was called to the site to assess the damage and produce a schedule of repair.
“The possibility of providing appropriate extra facilities to the newer parts of the school site will also be explored as a matter of urgency so that pupils can return to lessons as soon as it is practical and safe for them to do so.”
On the school website, a message reads: “EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE - MONDAY 9TH JULY 2018 - A problem has arisen with the school building and requires immediate attention.
“We are required to close the school temporarily from Monday, 9th July 2018 until this has been addressed.”
And there was an apology for the inconvenience caused.
KCC said parents should keep a close eye on the school’s website for further updates.
It is a leading school in the area with the latest Ofsted report last year saying it “continues to be good”, particularly the leadership team.