Parents want new school hall

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

A SCHOOL in North Somerset has been accused of acting too slow to replace its condemned hall.

A SCHOOL in North Somerset has been accused of acting too slow to replace its condemned hall.

Parents of pupils at Uphill Primary claim their children have been forced to eat dinner and take part in PE in their classrooms since the hall closure early in 2009.

But chairman of governors Stewart Castle said he hoped a new hall could be built in time for the next school year.

He also said alternative provision had been set up at the village hall and nearby schools for assemblies and sports classes.

Parent Toni Kelly said parents had become frustrated at the lack of sports provision at the 313-pupil school.

The 39-year-old Devonshire Road resident, who has two children at the school aged five and seven, said: "The whole situation has gone on for too long and we've become frustrated with the school.

"When your child comes back and tells you about eating dinner and taking part in PE in class it hardly fills you full of hope.

"I now hear they have alternative venues for the activities but it's hardly ideal.

"This hall was closed off a year ago and something should have been in place long before now."

The school, which was judged as 'good' in an Ofsted report three years ago, initially abandoned school dinners in the hall after the 1970 structure was deemed unsafe.

But then last year the school stopped using the building altogether following further tests and pledged to replace it.

Chairman of governors, Stewart Castle, said he was unaware of parents' disgruntlement at the school progress.

He said: "The hall has been in a state of disrepair for some time and the school body has been preparing for a new hall.

"Architects have drawn up designs for the new building and we are now just waiting to put in a planning application, which we hope will happen shortly.

"It has not been an ideal situation but we have set up provision for PE classes and assemblies at nearby schools and the village hall.

"I hope the new hall is available by the next school year.

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