Parents’ anger over "unsafe" school building

Echo: Concerns – parents aren’t sure if the school is safe Concerns – parents aren’t sure if the school is safe

ANGRY parents have threatened to keep their children off school and risk being taken to court after part of a classroom block was deemed dangerous.

Staff at Bardfield Primary School, in Clayhill Road, Vange, sent out text messages just before half term, telling parents the Key Stage 2 building needed to shut “with immediate effect”.

This came despite a letter two weeks earlier insisting the building was safe.

Worried parents rushed to collect children from school earlier this month after a huge crack was found in the wall of one of the classrooms.

Emergency repair work was carried out on the Key Stage 2 building, which consists of eight classrooms, and it has since been open as normal.

Mum Leanne Reid, 30, from Pitsea, said: “If they have had to close the school now, surely it hasn’t been safe all this time?

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting.

“Anything could have happened to my children, it doesn’t bear thinking about. When you send your children to school you expect them to be safe.

“The whole building is really old. It could probably collapse at any point.

“I’m going to round up as many parents as I can on Monday and demand to see the headteacher.

“I want answers and if I don’t get them there is no way my children are going back until the school is sorted.”

Mrs Reid kept her children Freddie, eight, and Lacey, six, off school last Friday, only to receive a phone call fromamember of staff reminding her she could face legal action if she persisted in keeping her children away.

Parents can be fined or even end up in jail if they are convicted of letting their children stay at home.

Another mum, who did not want to be named, added: “My daughter has been in her classroom for the past two weeks and all along it hasn’t been safe. All everyone wants is the truth.

“It makes me feel sick how all of this has been dealt with.

“I want my daughter out of the school.”

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11:56am Fri 30 May 14

tac123 says...

These parents are bloody idiots, it's funny how they fail to mention the constant stream of information the school have provided throughout this issue, there was a crack in the building, the teachers informed the head and the head inspected the damage and made the decision that it was safe, over the course of a few weeks the crack appeared to widen so as a precaution the head made the decision that the school should close while an engineers report was prepared following a proper inspection! The engineers report confirmed that the building was in no danger of collapsing, however due to some of the more educationally deficient parents at the school the head decided to keep the classrooms empty until remedial work was carried out by a competent builder.

What I find outrageous is that social services allow these imbecile parents to keep their kids!

All of this information has been passed to parents in a timely fashion and every other parent I have spoken to has been utterly supportive of the school, there's always one or two people who will moan off about something, it's probably the same parents who were mentioned in the same newsletter screaming obscenities at one another in the playground when picking up their brats, or possibly the one special parent who feels the need to wear a t-shirt with a particularly obscene word across the front!

It's a good school with great staff, shame on you Echo, not even a quote from the school, I doubt you even contacted them... Yet more lazy reporting from second rate hacks at a proxy local rag!
These parents are bloody idiots, it's funny how they fail to mention the constant stream of information the school have provided throughout this issue, there was a crack in the building, the teachers informed the head and the head inspected the damage and made the decision that it was safe, over the course of a few weeks the crack appeared to widen so as a precaution the head made the decision that the school should close while an engineers report was prepared following a proper inspection! The engineers report confirmed that the building was in no danger of collapsing, however due to some of the more educationally deficient parents at the school the head decided to keep the classrooms empty until remedial work was carried out by a competent builder. What I find outrageous is that social services allow these imbecile parents to keep their kids! All of this information has been passed to parents in a timely fashion and every other parent I have spoken to has been utterly supportive of the school, there's always one or two people who will moan off about something, it's probably the same parents who were mentioned in the same newsletter screaming obscenities at one another in the playground when picking up their brats, or possibly the one special parent who feels the need to wear a t-shirt with a particularly obscene word across the front! It's a good school with great staff, shame on you Echo, not even a quote from the school, I doubt you even contacted them... Yet more lazy reporting from second rate hacks at a proxy local rag! tac123
  • Score: 20

5:51pm Fri 30 May 14

fuzzyurgle says...

You obviously have more infomation than this parent( or others I've spoken too), and your description of what happened differs even from the schools own version of events ,belatedly published in newsletters on their website. The issue here is being told one thing, then being told another. If its unsafe, its unsafe. If it needs to be closed it needs to be closed , but did the situation really change 'overnight'? Working parents in particular struggle when you are told at 3pm the school is to be closed the following day.
You obviously have more infomation than this parent( or others I've spoken too), and your description of what happened differs even from the schools own version of events ,belatedly published in newsletters on their website. The issue here is being told one thing, then being told another. If its unsafe, its unsafe. If it needs to be closed it needs to be closed , but did the situation really change 'overnight'? Working parents in particular struggle when you are told at 3pm the school is to be closed the following day. fuzzyurgle
  • Score: -2

5:57pm Fri 30 May 14

fuzzyurgle says...

You seem to have missed the point that it was closed, the day after declared safe (fine so far), but then two weeks later it was closed again as unsafe, with no notice. According to the school further info will follow regarding next week, but again nothing has yet been posted causing problems for those that work.
You seem to have missed the point that it was closed, the day after declared safe (fine so far), but then two weeks later it was closed again as unsafe, with no notice. According to the school further info will follow regarding next week, but again nothing has yet been posted causing problems for those that work. fuzzyurgle
  • Score: -3

6:23pm Fri 30 May 14

fuzzyurgle says...

And why do you bother reading a 'poxy local rag' with 'second class hacks'?
And FYI I'm educated to degree standard( is that deficient?), my children are not brats, I don't wear offensive worded t- shirts and I don't scream obscenities in the playground ( or insult people and say they should have their children removed from them the comments section of the local paper).
And why do you bother reading a 'poxy local rag' with 'second class hacks'? And FYI I'm educated to degree standard( is that deficient?), my children are not brats, I don't wear offensive worded t- shirts and I don't scream obscenities in the playground ( or insult people and say they should have their children removed from them the comments section of the local paper). fuzzyurgle
  • Score: 1

2:21am Sat 31 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Working parents, there's a thought.
Working parents, there's a thought. BasildonDond
  • Score: 1

12:43am Sun 1 Jun 14

beppo1 says...

If women want children they should stay home to look after them!!!!
If women want children they should stay home to look after them!!!! beppo1
  • Score: 2

8:44am Mon 2 Jun 14

ArchDemon says...

beppo1 wrote:
If women want children they should stay home to look after them!!!!
Wow! Do you want them chained to the kitchen sink as well?
[quote][p][bold]beppo1[/bold] wrote: If women want children they should stay home to look after them!!!![/p][/quote]Wow! Do you want them chained to the kitchen sink as well? ArchDemon
  • Score: 1

8:45am Mon 2 Jun 14

ArchDemon says...

tac123 wrote:
These parents are bloody idiots, it's funny how they fail to mention the constant stream of information the school have provided throughout this issue, there was a crack in the building, the teachers informed the head and the head inspected the damage and made the decision that it was safe, over the course of a few weeks the crack appeared to widen so as a precaution the head made the decision that the school should close while an engineers report was prepared following a proper inspection! The engineers report confirmed that the building was in no danger of collapsing, however due to some of the more educationally deficient parents at the school the head decided to keep the classrooms empty until remedial work was carried out by a competent builder.

What I find outrageous is that social services allow these imbecile parents to keep their kids!

All of this information has been passed to parents in a timely fashion and every other parent I have spoken to has been utterly supportive of the school, there's always one or two people who will moan off about something, it's probably the same parents who were mentioned in the same newsletter screaming obscenities at one another in the playground when picking up their brats, or possibly the one special parent who feels the need to wear a t-shirt with a particularly obscene word across the front!

It's a good school with great staff, shame on you Echo, not even a quote from the school, I doubt you even contacted them... Yet more lazy reporting from second rate hacks at a proxy local rag!
Very well said.
[quote][p][bold]tac123[/bold] wrote: These parents are bloody idiots, it's funny how they fail to mention the constant stream of information the school have provided throughout this issue, there was a crack in the building, the teachers informed the head and the head inspected the damage and made the decision that it was safe, over the course of a few weeks the crack appeared to widen so as a precaution the head made the decision that the school should close while an engineers report was prepared following a proper inspection! The engineers report confirmed that the building was in no danger of collapsing, however due to some of the more educationally deficient parents at the school the head decided to keep the classrooms empty until remedial work was carried out by a competent builder. What I find outrageous is that social services allow these imbecile parents to keep their kids! All of this information has been passed to parents in a timely fashion and every other parent I have spoken to has been utterly supportive of the school, there's always one or two people who will moan off about something, it's probably the same parents who were mentioned in the same newsletter screaming obscenities at one another in the playground when picking up their brats, or possibly the one special parent who feels the need to wear a t-shirt with a particularly obscene word across the front! It's a good school with great staff, shame on you Echo, not even a quote from the school, I doubt you even contacted them... Yet more lazy reporting from second rate hacks at a proxy local rag![/p][/quote]Very well said. ArchDemon
  • Score: 0

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