School temporarily closed due to foul smell

Rooms at Lowton High School are being transformed into use for Gilded Hollins Community School

Rooms at Lowton High School are being transformed into use for Gilded Hollins Community School

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A PRIMARY school has been temporarily closed following a health and safety scare.

Pupils from Gilded Hollins Community School, in Leigh, have been forced to carry out their lessons at nearby Lowton High School as the building has been shut all week following the presence of a horrible smell.

The school has been closed for tests following the discovery of an unpleasant, unidentified odour in parts of the building

Headteacher Darran Nash

The odour was detected on Thursday, September 10, and an emergency gas team was called but they could find no evidence of a gas leak.

But after some staff complained of feeling unwell the following day, a decision was made for the school to close from Monday while further tests are carried out.

It is not yet known when the primary school will re-open.

Children at Gilded Hollins have been allocated an entire block of classrooms separate from the high school pupils, along with two playgrounds and a canteen solely for their use.

Each of the classes will have a room of their own.

Headteacher Darran Nash has been keeping pupils up to date on the school website.

He said: “The school has been closed for tests following the discovery of an unpleasant, unidentified odour in parts of the building.

“An emergency gas team was called on Thursday evening, but could find no evidence of a leak.

“It came to light on Friday that colleagues had been suffering various symptoms that may have been related to the odour.

“As there were potential health and safety concerns for pupils and staff I immediately contacted the school’s property consultant (NPS) to ask them to assess and advise on the situation.

“Tests carried out on Friday were inconclusive so a specialist consultant was arranged to attend on Monday to carry out more extensive analysis covering all areas where evidence of odours had been reported.

“Building and engineering companies were also contracted to inspect all areas, including roof voids.

“In discussion with governors and the local authority, the decision was made to close the school on Monday.

“We have endeavoured to work as quickly as possible to resolve a situation where there have been no simple solutions.

“Every effort is being made to ensure the air quality is safe as soon as possible. Unless assured of this, the governors and myself are not prepared to put at risk the health and wellbeing of the children and the school’s staff.

“We understand that closing school presents problems for many of our families, but our duty of care is to our children, and what is right for them will always take priority.”