Ongoing building work by PFI contractor Carillion at South Bank Primary School to address the issues caused by the use of defective fill has been suspended.

Parents and carers of pupils at the school were today, Thursday, June 11, told that the work had been suspended following the discovery that the majority of the foundations have been built on the defective fill when the school was originally built in 2006 -  a structural engineer has been commissioned by Carillion to look into the problem.

The school and local authority are currently awaiting the outcome of the report, compiled by PFI contractor Carillion, to determine what action will be required to rectify the situation.

Pupils and teaching staff at the school have occupied the refurbished Teesville School site whilst the work has been taking place. During this time the school has been inspected by Ofsted and has been judged ‘good with outstanding features’. 

The council have confirmed that they will do all they can to continue to support the school.

Cabinet Member for Children, Cllr Craig Hannaway said: “The welfare and educational wellbeing of our children is a priority for the council and we will continue to support the school and work with PFI contractor Carillion to find a way forward to the ongoing problems with the structure of the school.

"Whilst we await the outcome of the report I would like to reassure parents and pupils at the school that we will support them in any way we can and continue to make available the old Teesville Infant school site.”

Helen Hall, Headteacher of South Bank Primary School, said: “While the school is very settled, and the children continue to be challenged academically to achieve their potential, the school community needs a long term solution.

Staff, children and parents are making the best of some very difficult circumstances and we remain positive however this would be so much easier to manage if the schools future had an agreed long term resolution.”

Chair of the Board of Governors, Karen McGarrity added: “The Board of Governors have worked closely with all parties in order to minimise the disruption to our pupils education however we are becoming increasingly frustrated with the current lack of communication from the PFI contractor - our pupils, parents and staff deserve a clear solution to the problem.”

The building is owned by Dalmore Capital Ltd and Elgin Infrastructure which are collectively known as Modern Schools Redcar & Cleveland Ltd.


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