Sheffield headteacher’s frustration at delay to primary school expansion work

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 a new two-storey building and extend its junior school.

The move is designed to allow the school to increase capacity from 540 to 630 to cope with increased demand for places in the area.

The school was due to close on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, to allow staff to move into the new areas.

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

He told The Star: “We are very excited to be moving into the new buildings. Yes, delays have been frustrating but we are working in partnership with the council and contractors to make sure this is done in the best way possible with minimum disruption.

“I wrote to parents to outline the move would be delayed and to let them know this would instead be done on two inset days either side of the school holidays – on Friday, December 18, and Monday, January 4.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said the delay was ‘regrettable’ and apologised for any disruption the delay – due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ – had caused.

He said: “We have now agreed with the school that it would be better to plan to undertake the move to the new teaching areas at a time when we are confident the works will be complete.

“Moves like this should ideally be undertaken, where they can be, during school holidays to prevent unnecessary disruption to children’s education.

“But let’s not lose sight here of this great expansion of one of our city’s oldest schools. This much needed improvement will also enable us to meet the growing needs of the local population in this area and continue to be a great education experience for children now and in the future.”