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Hurlford Primary School to remain closed until 2017 after ceiling collapse!


Hurlford Primary School will remain closed for the remainder of this week.

Pupils from Hurlford Primary School have been instructed to attend Loudoun Academy for the remainder of the week. The move was taken by East Ayrshire Council after parts of the ceiling fell into a classroom last week. But in a statement released by the local authority on Monday, it was suggested that the disruption could go on until next June.

The rubble was discovered at the school on Friday morning, with the head teacher believing the damage to have been sustained overnight. Following investigations by the council the following day, it was discovered that “five other classes could be susceptible to similar issues”


South Ayrshire council have issued the following on there website

From Monday 26 September all pupils will be decanted to Loudoun Academy, where sufficient space has been identified. In response to concerns raised by parents over the weekend we have endeavoured to keep the entire school together and not split classes across different establishments.

Free transport will be provided to take children from Hurlford Primary School to Loudoun Academy every day. Staff from Hurlford Primary will accompany children on the buses. School meals will be available as normal.

Please be assured that the building is not dangerous; these are precautionary measures to ensure there is no further disruption to education provision. The likelihood is that these decant arrangements will be in place until June 2017. This will provide continuity and a settled teaching environment for the children.

There will be minor adjustments to the timetables of both schools to accommodate these changes, but every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum and to ensure a smooth transition for the younger children.

Staff will be on hand to talk to parents during a drop in session on Thursday 22 September at Hurlford Early Childhood Centre. Parents are welcome to attend anytime between 4:15 pm and 7pm.

Please note that Hurlford Early Childhood Centre is unaffected by these arrangements.

There is much to be done to prepare for this decant on the part of both schools and we will provide more details over the course of the week to keep all parents fully informed of the arrangements. Details will be updated on the Council’s website.

Plans are progressing well for the imminent decant of Hurlford Primary School pupils to Loudoun Academy on Monday 26 September 2016.

Council officers and teaching staff from both schools have reviewed the available accommodation at Loudoun Academy and are now preparing for furniture and teaching resources to be transferred in advance of the pupils’ arrival next week. Discussions have also taken place with local contractors to finalise pupil transport arrangements.

We hope to bring parents more detailed information over the next few days. We thank you for your patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused


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