Award-winning primary school closed after structural faults found

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Glasgow council: 'We have plans in place to minimise any disruption to the children's education.'STV

An award-winning primary school has been closed until the new year just eight years after it opened as serious structural faults have been discovered.

Lourdes Primary School, which was built as part of a £6.87m deal with what was Safeway Stores plc in 2004, was badly hit by the storms in January and part of its roof was ripped off.

An independent survey of the Glasgow school carried out during the October holiday found that wall head ties were missing in a number of locations throughout the building.

When this was reported to the council last Thursday, a decision was taken to close the school immediately.

A council spokeswoman said: “The safety of our pupils and staff is our top priority and we have plans in place to minimise any disruption to the children's education.

"A meeting was held with the parents and carers on Friday night and officials have listened to the parents and made alternative arrangements to make it as easy as possible for parents and carers.

"We have launched an investigation which could result in instigating legal action."

More than 340 children will now have to be educated in alternative schools until their own can be made safe.

From Wednesday, pupils in primaries one, two and three will be taught a mile away at Sandwood Primary. Pupils in primaries four and five will have to travel a mile to Govan High School, while primaries six and seven will be taught in nearby Lourdes Secondary School.

Pupils in the Lourdes nursery class will be relocated to Rosshall Nursery, which more than a mile-and-a-half away from their usual classroom.

Pupils being taught at secondary schools will have different break and lunch times from the secondary pupils and will be supervised by staff at all times.

Mick Hargan, a father of one of the school's pupils, said: "I am really angry about this. The school is just eight years old yet it had its roof ripped on in the January storms and now this.

"I want to know if it was a poor repair job in January or if the faults go back to its construction." A spokesperson for Miller Construction, said: "We have been notified that Lourdes Primary School has been decanted.

"We are currently working with Glasgow City Council and their engineers to identify any problems. Investigations are at an early stage and we are unable to provide any further information at present."

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