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Posted on: 05/03/2018

Headteachers Blog 05/03/2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week’s Head Teacher message is really to explain why we have unfortunately had to close Westfield Junior School both at the end of last week and the beginning of this week.

As you know our school is an old building and even though we have managed to improve and renew most of it, the water pipes that were renewed by the Local Authority were not lagged and, as they are in the loft space, they froze on Thursday afternoon. The first we knew about it was when the children said that the toilets would not flush. The decision was made to close the school on Friday as we had no water which impacts on, not only the toilets and hand washing facilities (which could potentially be sorted with porta-loos and hand gel), but also the kitchen facilities; so no lunches. Obviously a Health and Safety issue.

On Friday, the LA plumber arrived and turned off all the water in case it thawed over the weekend and we had flooding (which has already happened in other local schools). Of course, this meant another day with a closed school as he said that the water would be turned back on at the earliest on Monday morning (the thaw would be under way by then and we needed to have the plumber here in case of cracked water pipes). This would also mean that Westfield Community Centre would be closed because they use the same system. Westfield Infant School was luckily able to open for pupils and staff.

We kept a close eye on the situation over the weekend and all was well.

Today the plumber arrived and turned the taps back on. Thankfully, there are no cracks in the pipes so no damage and we are up and running again.

We have had a tricky year, with the break-in and a first snow day in a long time last term. Closing our school is not something that we do without advice and looking at alternatives as we know how infuriating and inconvenient it must be for you, as parents and carers. We have tried to keep you informed through the texting procedures and the website.

Hopefully, this will be the last time we have to close but, as you can see, frozen pipes are totally down to the ‘Beast from the East’ and not something we have had before, especially not at the start of Spring!

Best wishes,

Margaret Greig

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