Pupils return to class but the wait goes on for some S1-3s

Edinburgh City Council councillor Andrew Burns with pupils Daniel Farrow and Carla Lovell. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Edinburgh City Council councillor Andrew Burns with pupils Daniel Farrow and Carla Lovell. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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CITY council leader Andrew Burns joined pupils Daniel Farrow and Carla Lovell as classes resumed for all years at Drummond Community High School.

Parts of the campus remain out of bounds as work continues in response to the safety scare which closed 17 city schools.

Alternative education arrangements have now been made for all primary pupils affected by the closures, meaning 5900 primary and secondary pupils have confirmed plans in place.

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So far, all the pupils are being accommodated within school premises. But some S1, S2 and S3 students are still waiting to find out what will happen to them.

Councillor Burns said: “I’m delighted we have now been able to put in place arrangements for our primary, special school and majority of secondary pupils. The integration of pupils sharing schools has been going well and all our host staff and children have been welcoming the additional pupils and their teachers.”

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The Evening News revealed yesterday that structural faults had been found in all 17 schools and some could remain closed until the summer, depending on the severity of the problem.

Cllr Burns admitted: “The council has received early indications that suggest evidence of faults across all 17 affected schools to a varying extent.

“At the moment it is too early to say what the impact will be as full survey results from Edinburgh Schools Partnership have not been yet been received.

“Some faults may be easy to fix and may not present a major problem while others could be longer term.”