Hartlepool school shut for a week due to water leak

Fens Primary School Headteacher Peter Cornforth in the flooded school car park.  Picture by FRANK REID
Fens Primary School Headteacher Peter Cornforth in the flooded school car park. Picture by FRANK REID

A SCHOOL has been forced to close next week for essential repairs to a water leak.

Parents of pupils at Fens Primary School, in Hartlepool, are facing disruption for five days from Monday as a result of the work to correct the problem under the car park area.

Hartlepool Borough Council officials estimate the work will take two weeks to carry out, meaning workman will still be on the site the week after next in the half term holidays.

Environmental Health also need to test the water supply in that time too.

A similar problem caused the school to be closed in December last year, leaving parents and carers having to make alternative childcare arrangements.

Peter Cornforth, head of Fens Primary School, said: “Regrettably, we have been left with no alternative but to close the school during the week prior to half-term, from May 18, to enable essential repairs to be carried out.

“Water is currently leaking from under the school car park which requires the area to be excavated to resolve the problem.

“We have delayed the work to enable Year 6 pupils to undertake their SATS attainment tests, and we wrote to parents and carers at the earliest possible opportunity to notify them of the closure.

“The work is very likely to result in the water having to be tested by Environmental Health and it’s anticipated that we will need the half-term week to complete the repair project.

“Parents can be assured that this decision has not been taken lightly and we have explored every possible alternative avenue.”

He added: “We apologise for any inconvenience it will cause but we must put the safety of children and others in our school first.

“It is anticipated that the school will re-open on Monday, June 1, and we will continue to keep parents and carers informed every step of the way.”