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05 February 2020 – Information Update


Trim Track removal

A recent ROSPA annual playground equipment safety inspection identified serious failings on playground equipment in the main Playground situated at the front of the school. The Playground equipment I am referring to, commonly known as the “Trim Track” has several rotting and loose posts and supports. This being the case the school arranged for an inspection to be undertaken by a qualified CEC engineer.

Unfortunately the inspecting engineer has identified that there is so much wrong with this structure that it is unsalvageable. It has therefore been condemned and we have requested that it be removed as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of our children.

As these works will need to be coordinated with existing building works we may expect a small delay caused by interdepartmental communication/planning. In the interim this “Trim Track” been cordoned off and sign posted to prevent its use.

Removal of this structure will begin as soon as arrangements can be made.


28 January 2019 – Information Update


Asset Management Works Update

Reception closure

Additional scaffolding needs to be transported into the central courtyard of the school to facilitate works access to the Gym hall roof. To allow this to happen the school reception and public foyer will be closed from 13:30 until 15:00 on Thursday 30th January.

The decision to close this area of the school while these works are underway was not taken lightly and has been done to ensure the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

It is envisaged that the entrance foyer and school reception will be fully functional again by 15:00 on the afternoon of Thursday 30th January.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the transportation of this scaffolding. It is expected that the use of all entrance and exit routes affected by this phase of works will return to normal without delay.

Infant Playground Gate

To facilitate works to the rear elevation of the school, the road safety barrier at the infant playground gate has had to be temporarily removed. To ensure the safety of all school users these playground gates will be locked during the school day until the barrier is re-instated.

Nick Berry of Ashwood Scotland, the main contractor for school building works, explains the reasons for locking this gate below.

“There was a safety barrier that lined the main road outside this gate. This barrier was to stop any children running out the gate and straight onto the main road. This barrier had to be removed in order to transport materials such as scaffolding, roofing supplies etc. This would be done using a forklift and lorries and managed out-with the children’s playtimes. To have a temporary barrier erected at the gate would mean having to monitor and man for proper use and experience shows the public have a disregard for such barriers moving them without putting back in place. The decision to lock this gate mitigates all of the above, especially stopping kids running into the road.”

The gate accessing the playing field will be open as normal.

The next accessible gate within the school boundary is 100 yards further along Northfield Broadway. The main gate to the school has no barrier and will be openly maintained as this is the only vehicular access to the school.

Corridor Windows
Widows restoration works are progressing as planned. Corridor windows will be removed for refurbishment. All works on corridor windows will be shielded “boxed off” from other corridor activities. To facilitate this all corridor furniture (shelving, worktops etc) in the vicinity of works shielding will be removed while works take place. This is to ensure safe pedestrian passage of corridor users and to meet minimum standards required by H&S in the event of a fire. These works will cease temporarily to allow Hall window works to take precedence. They will resume again on completion of the hall works below.

Dining hall
Works to repair dining hall windows have been completed as planned. The school Dining hall is now fully operational and back in service.

Gym Hall
Works to repair Gym hall windows which began Monday 20th January have been slightly delayed. Refurbishment of large exterior windows took 5 days as planned. However, these works were dirtier than expected and a deep clean is now required. As a result the Gym hall will remain closed to all staff and Children until Thursday 30th January.

Gym activities be moved to another location for the duration of these works.

Roof Works
Scaffolding will be erected on the exterior west elevation (gym Hall window wall) of the school on Monday 27th January. Work on the roof of this area will begin 5 days later on Friday 31st January. It is not envisaged that this work will be service effecting as it does not border a playground area.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this work will cause.


October 2019 – Information Update


Asset Management Works – The Royal High Primary

The following works will take place at the Royal high Primary School from Monday 28th October 2019.

  • Upgrade/replace all tiled roof coverings
  • Overhaul of all external windows
  • Upgrade areas of defective render
  • Replace defective concrete lintels and sills’
  • Upgrade internal toilet facilities

It is envisaged that the above works will last for 60 weeks with a completion date of Friday 18th December 2020.

These extensive improvement works are planned to take place in phases. Phase one, which begins week commencing 28 October, involves the erection of scaffolding to the front elevation of the main school building. Unfortunately, the use of exits / entrances to the front of the school will be disrupted temporarily while this scaffolding is erected. Safety barriers will be in place for the safety of visitors, staff and pupils while works are in progress.

We would be grateful if you would please stay outwith safety barriers and follow temporary signage to alternative entry routes while scaffolding erection work is in progress.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the erection of this scaffolding. It is expected that the use of entrance and exit routes will return to normal week commencing 18 November 2019.

Please revisit this notice regularly as it will be updated to keep you informed of works as they progress.


 


About The Royal High Primary

The Royal High Primary School buildings were completed during 1931. We are all extremely proud of our listed building set within its beautiful grounds. The grounds and buildings, enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff, help to convey our heritage and enthusiasm for learning.

As an ECO school we are delighted to have gained five Green Flags and you can see one flying proudly in front of the school. We have a strong commitment to our environment and are currently working on achieving our sixth Green Flag.

Read more about the history of The Royal High