Tiles fall from Trinity Academy classroom ceiling

Trinity High School. Picture: Jon Savage
Trinity High School. Picture: Jon Savage
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FRESH concerns have been raised about the Capital’s crumbling schools after tiles fell from a classroom ceiling.

No-one was injured in the incident at Trinity Academy, which took place during a maths class yesterday morning.

Pupils and teachers were moved away from the classroom after the polystyrene tiles became dislodged.

The city council confirmed that the classroom had been cordoned off while an assessment was carried out and repair works were arranged.

Two concerned parents, who asked not to be named, contacted the News to express their concern yesterday.

The latest incident has intensified fears that the local authority’s schools repair plan is not robust enough.

It came just a day after a meeting of the council’s education committee, in which councillors were given an update on the budget.

Trinity Academy is among four city secondaries – the others being Balerno Community High, Wester Hailes Education Centre and Liberton High – which have been shortlisted for possible demolition or upgrades.

As much as £150 million could be spent on the programme to improve the schools. However, it is likely to be years before any work begins.

Council bosses are yet to decide whether the shortlisted schools will be refurbished or replaced entirely.

Councillor Gavin Corbett, finance spokesman for the Green party, said of yesterday’s incident: “I’m obviously so relieved that no-one was hurt. But it’s well known that Trinity is one of a number of schools with repair problems.

“And it’s a cruel irony that this incident should happen a day after the council’s education committee received an update on the programme of building and improvement to the city’s schools.

“At the committee I asked that future reports focus just as much on day to day repairs as on the big projects. The council is currently revamping the way it organises basic maintenance and this latest incident shows just how urgent that is.”

A city council spokeswoman said: “There was a minor incident at Trinity Academy where some light-weight polystyrene tiles became dislodged from a classroom ceiling.

“Nobody was injured, but as a precaution the classroom was closed off immediately to allow property staff to complete an inspection and carry out remedial action as necessary.”

The Evening News revealed in October that Trinity Academy was one of two secondary schools in the Capital – along with James Gillespie’s – ordered to make savings after it amassed deficits worth £413,000.

The historic Trinity Academy building was built in 1891, and it was initially called Craighall Road School.

It was extended to the east in 1957 and 1962.