Update: Building Works, School Closure Sept 2018
Dear parent / carer,
 
It has recently come to our attention that a very small amount of additional asbestos has been identified in a confined and sealed area of the school’s boiler room. This area is currently inaccessible to all students and staff.
 
We have been careful to follow regulations to investigate the issue and determine next steps to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
We have notified the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and are following their procedures to further guarantee the safety of the Northfield School site.
 
This means we are currently setting up a controlled site with asbestos specialists in preparation for the safe removal and treatment of the affected area.
 
To safeguard against disruption during the remedial work, we have decided to close the school between 12:05pm on Wednesday 26th September and Sunday 30th September to allow the removal and safe containment of the asbestos, as soon as possible, with minimal disruption to the school. Students will be required to leave the site from 12:05pm on Wednesday by their usual method.
 
I am sure you understand that this is an unforeseen situation and we want to take swift action to get it resolved with minimal disruption to the boys’ education. I am extremely sorry for the inconvenience that closing the school will cause, but I hope you understand that it is necessary to enable the required work to be completed as safely and quickly as possible.
 
I would like to reassure that this asbestos has not posed a risk to the boys, and we are going above and beyond, to ensure it cannot pose a risk in the future. The asbestos will be removed into a sealed hazardous waste container and the area treated according to regulations.
Pupils will be able to return to Northfield School site on Monday 1st October at the normal time.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience and reassure you that despite this hiccup, we are still on track for completing the other repair works by half term.
 
We will keep in regular contact, but if you have any immediate concerns please contact your SEN officer. Please also speak to SENDIASS if you need independent advice and support 01865 810516 (term–time only).
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