Parents asked for their patience as £660,000 improvements need extra time to complete

Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Parents are being asked for their support and patience as a major investment in facilities at a city school needs extra time to be completed.

A £660,000 programme to landscape the grounds of Holden Lane Primary School in Sneyd Green started before the end of the summer term, in July. The works are creating new sports pitches, play areas and pathways through the school grounds.

The works had been scheduled to be completed before the start of the new academic year, but in order for the improvements to be completed safely and fully, the school will now open on Monday 10 September, three days later than parents had been advised.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “We’re really disappointed that the works haven’t been completed sooner and are taking this matter up with the contractor.

“The facilities being created will be a tremendous boost for the school and for the children. The school is already rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and we are committed to ensuring that children have the best facilities possible in which to learn.

“Unfortunately the works are taking a little longer to complete than was planned for. We understand that this may cause inconvenience to some families and we are investigating the delay.

“We would not want children and families accessing the school while works are still taking place. In the interests of the safety of children, the school will be closed next week while the site is completed.

“We apologise to families for the delay, and we’d like to thank parents for their patience and support until the school reopens.”

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