Rothesay campus ‘to reopen as normal’ after repairs

Rothesay Joint Campus.

Rothesay Joint Campus.

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Rothesay Joint Campus will be open as normal when the new school term starts this Monday following repair work to the building, according to Argyll and Bute Council.

The authority issued a statement late on Wednesday afternoon announcing that “routine inspections” had found that some parts of the campus building were in need of repair.

The Scottish Government announced last week that all the country’s councils would be inspecting their school buildings following the closure of several schools in Edinburgh on safety grounds.

However, the Rothesay building repairs were planned before the problems in Edinburgh came to light, and were always due to take place during the schools’ Easter break.

A council spokesperson said: “Two of our schools, following routine inspection, have been confirmed safe for use but in need of repair to some sections of the buildings.

“Repairs in Rothesay Joint Campus are scheduled to be completed before the school returns from its Easter break on Monday, April 18.

“ABC Schools, who provide these schools to the council and are responsible for the maintenance and safety of the properties, are also progressing works in Oban Joint Primary Campus.

“If this cannot be completed by Monday, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that the schools can re-open safely and for the education of our pupils to continue. Further works will be carried out over the summer. We will provide parents with a further update on Monday.

“We’re waiting for detailed reports from ABC Schools. We’re carrying out repair work swiftly, and making arrangements to isolate the affected areas so that they are not accessible to staff or pupils.

“While doing so we will ensure minimum disruption to learning for pupils.”

Rothesay Joint Campus was built by Barr Construction as part of a non-profit public-private partnership, and opened in August 2007, providing a single-site home for Rothesay Academy, Rothesay Primary and the Rothesay learning centre run by Argyll College (now Argyll College UHI).

The council spokesperson added: “Safety is obviously a priority in our schools. We have instructed ABC Schools to arrange structural surveys in our other three public/private financed schools (Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh, Dunoon Grammar and Lochgilphead Joint Campus) which were built by other contractors.”