School closed a further week

Children from Gilded Hollins Primary School reception class are having lessons at Lowton High School

Children from Gilded Hollins Primary School reception class are having lessons at Lowton High School

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A PRIMARY school which has been closed for more than a month following a suspicious smell remains shut for another week.

Staff and children at Gilded Hollins Community School, in Leigh, were expecting to return on Monday, but following recent tests on the odour, the building has been deemed not safe yet.

As a result, pupils will remain at Lowton High School, where they have been taking lessons since Monday September 14.

Headteacher Darran Nash said: “Work has been taking place to extract an old air handling unit from the roof space, remove ducting and build a new section of ceiling. A deep clean of the entire building has also been completed.

“We have also been awaiting the results of various air quality and bacterial tests carried out around school. Those results were finally received last week - a week later than originally promised.

“The decision has been made to remain at Lowton CE High School for at least a further week.

“This is never a decision to be taken lightly. The reason we are not able to re-occupy school just yet is that we feel some of the air analysis results require further investigation. This will obviously take time.

“We appreciate how supportive and understanding parents, children, staff and governors have been throughout this process. We want to return to Gilded Hollins, but will only do so when we are 100 per cent certain the building is safe for your children and our staff.

“Our continued thanks to Mr Julian Pollard and all his staff at Lowton CE High School, and also to Lowton Junior and Infant School for allowing use of their kitchen. All the help we have received is very much appreciated.”