Frustration over expansion delay

Work on new buildings at Greytones Primary on Tullibardine Road.
Work on new buildings at Greytones Primary on Tullibardine Road.
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The headteacher of a primary has hit out at Sheffield Council following delays in building work to expand the school.

Greystones Primary on Tullibardine Road is undergoing work to construct and a new two-storey building and extend its junior school.

The move is designed to increase capacity at the school from 540 to 630. The school was due to be closed on Monday and Tuesday to allow staff to move into the new areas.

But headteacher Chris Jennings has written to parents expressing his disappointment that the building work will not be finished on time.

He said: “I am not prepared to risk closing the school unnecessarily, in other words close to enable us to take over the building and move in, when the likelihood of it being ready is almost nil.”

The school will instead be closed on December 18 and January 4.

He added: “All that I can do is apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause and the frustration that you will almost certainly experience that the date for completion has yet again moved, especially if you had to arrange annual leave or child care.”

Mr Jennings said governors will be writing to Jayne Ludlam, the council’s executive director of children, young people and families.

A Sheffield City Council spokeswoman said: “Any delay is of course regrettable and we are sorry if parents and carers have been caused any disruption as a result. The delays were due to unforeseen circumstances and we were not confident the building would be in a suitable state for pupils to move into next week, as had originally been planned by the school.

“We are working in partnership with the school and the contractors to complete the building works as soon as possible.”

She said the expansion means Greystones Primary will ‘meet the growing needs of the local population’.

Mr Jennings emphasised that staff and pupils were ‘excited’ to be moving into the new buildings.