School closure reminder

PARENTS have been reminded that their children will be unable to return to their primary school until next week following major improvement works.

Youngsters at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, in Seaton Carew, were due to return today for the new school year.

But that is not possible and letters were sent out to the families of all 215 pupils so that they could make alternative childcare arrangements.

Staff, who “apologised unreservedly” for the inconvenience caused to parents, hope the school will be able to open on Monday, September 10.

They say they were left with no choice due to unexpected problems that arose during the improvement works.

The works, which are costing around £200,000, include the installation of a replacement boiler and new gas mains, electrical re-wiring, installation of a new heating system and damp-proofing.

Headteacher Amanda Baines said: “The improvement works actually began before the start of the summer holidays and we fully expected them to be finished in time for the new school year.

“However, it recently became obvious that this would not be the case and this decision was taken after a meeting of governors, diocese representatives and local authority officials, guided by a team of health and safety experts.”

They are being largely funded and managed by the Church of England’s Durham Diocese.

During the period of enforced closure, the school will be carrying out staff training at the town’s Education Development Centre, in Seaton Lane.