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Edinburgh schools due to reopen for new term

4 May 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Three schools affected by the recent closures in Edinburgh will reopen next month once full remediation work has been completed, says the council.

The Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), which manages and operates the schools on behalf of the council, has updated officers on their completion dates for remediation works. 

ESP has confirmed that the remediation works required on the remaining nine schools will see them all reopen by Monday 8 August at the latest, ahead of the pupils returning from holiday on Wednesday 17 August. 

The full remediation programme is subject to the council receiving satisfactory quality assurances from ESP, and contractors carrying out remedial works on their behalf, and the council receiving appropriate safety assurances and checks that this work is of the required standard to guarantee the children’s safety. 

The council has stipulated that a number of stringent measures must be met before the schools can reopen and these will be made available to parents on the council’s website.

The local authority is working closely with ESP on the programme, which gives indicative dates for schools to reopen that are reasonable assumptions based on the schedule of works. If it is possible to bring forward these dates then the council and ESP will do this and parents will be updated as soon as possible.

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.

“The planned programme of remediation works from Edinburgh Schools Partnership gives everyone a clearer picture of when schools will reopen and I am sure parents will welcome the news. I want to again thank all those affected by the closures for their patience during this period of uncertainty.”

The collapse of a wall at a local primary led to the closure of 17 schools in the area last month.