School's window safety fears

PUBLISHED: 14:07 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

SCORES of windows at Clevedon Community School have been boarded up - because the frames are so rotten, the glass falls out. Bosses at the 1,253-pupil school were forced

SCORES of windows at Clevedon Community School have been boarded up - because the frames are so rotten, the glass falls out.Bosses at the 1,253-pupil school were forced to take the safety measures at the dilapidated science, art and technology blocks following concerns that falling glass could injure pupils or staff.Pupils are being forced to study in rooms where the windows are two thirds boarded up and where there is little natural light. North Somerset Council education chiefs have agreed to a total rebuild of the science block, but work is not due to start until September 2008.Headteacher John Wells admitted he was very concerned about the state of some of the buildings, saying many had 'reached the end of their useful life'.Mr Wells said: "We have issues with the buildings, as do most schools and have done everything necessary to make them safe"I am very keen to seek and attain a long term resolution to this problem - we need new buildings rather than a quick fix."Mr Wells said staff and students at the school were working hard, despite the poor conditions.He added: "Our teachers are doing an extremely good job to keep the morale up and we have seen our GCSE results improve by seven per cent over two years."But there is a limit to how much people can do while working in these conditions."I have spoken with the governors and councillors in Clevedon to make them aware of the situation."I am meeting again with the LEA and I am looking for a positive proposal to be put forward."Town councillors said they were horrified to learn of the poor conditions at the school.Councillor John Norton-Sealey said: "I remember taking a tour around the school several years ago and the windows were in a very poor condition then. It concerns me greatly that they have been left in such a state and it is totally unacceptable that this has been allowed to happen."These rotted windows pose a real safety risk to students and staff and we have written to North Somerset Council asking them to give the matter urgent attention."North Somerset Council spokesman Steve Makin said: "We are currently investigating the issue of the frames and the windows with a view to carrying out repair work.""No timetable is currently in place for this work.

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