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First day at two Sussex schools delayed by works
Two schools which had all summer to carry out renovations have had to postpone the first day of term– because the work is not yet complete.
Parents from both St Peter’s Infant School in Portslade and Heron Way Primary School in Horsham were left frustrated after a last-minute decision to cancel the first day back.
Both promised the works would be finished by the end of the six-week summer holiday.
An “urgent” post on St Peter’s website this week informed parents and children of the change of plan.
It read: “Information for years one, two and three parents.
“The school will not be able to open on Friday, September 6, as intended as unfortunately the building works will not be completed.
“The first day of school for year one, two and three will now be Monday, September 9.
“Unfortunately, we will also have to postpone our open day for parents until later in the term, when all building works are complete.
“Please check the news link for more information and photos.”
Phase three of the school’s renovation was due to take place between July 1 and August 31, the school said before it broke off for the summer holidays.
Alterations were to be made to the nursery, hall and toilet area.
The school promised that “all remaining works will be carried out in summer holiday”.
Renovation works were also due to be completed at Heron Way School in time for the new term.
A spokeswoman for West Sussex County Council, said: “I can confirmthat Heron Way School has not opened today as planned. This is due to unfinished drainage works which have been taking place on site.
“A decision was taken last Friday that the school would need to remain closed for the rest of this week on safety grounds. The school will now reopen on Monday.”
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