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Gravesend primary school closed all week after ceiling collapse

PUBLISHED: 09:01 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 10 July 2018

Singlewell Primary School is closed today after a ceiling above the staff room collapsed at the weekend. Photo: Google Maps

Singlewell Primary School is closed today after a ceiling above the staff room collapsed at the weekend. Photo: Google Maps

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Singlewell Primary School is remaining closed all this week after a major collapse of a ceiling.

Pupils at the school in Mackenzie Way, Gravesend,are having homework exercises emailed to them to keep them busy. And events due to be held at the school have been cancelled.

Ian Watts, Kent County Council’s area education officer, said: “On the evening of Friday, July 6, the ceiling above the staff room in the old building at Singlewell Primary School showed signs of structural stress. The following evening the ceiling collapsed. Fortunately, as it occurred over the weekend, no one was in the building at the time so no one was hurt. The school remained closed Monday as a result of the collapse.

“There was no warning of any problems prior to Friday but the incident has raised concerns for the rest of the building.

“The safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance and for this reason, Kent County Council has commissioned urgent, wide ranging structural surveys.

“This issue only relates to the original school building and not to the new block that was installed by KCC to facilitate the school’s recent expansion from 1FE (form of entry) to 2FE. However, as the toilets, ICT equipment and administration areas are in the affected building, we are unable to have pupils onsite until alternative arrangements have been made.

“Initial remedial work on the affected areas is expected to start Tuesday (July 10) and because of this, and the ongoing structural surveys, the decision has been made to close the school for the remainder of this week.

“Parents and carers have been contacted and advised of events that have unfortunately had to be cancelled for safety reasons.

“I would like to thank school staff, KCC colleagues and contractors who responded quickly and have been working excellently together to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

“We can only apologise for the inconvenience this will cause families but, as I am sure they will agree, the safety of the children is the primary concern and we must ensure the site is completely secure before they return to school.”

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