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Asbestos scare: Pupils from closed Antrim primary school to return to lessons in temporary accommodation

By Claire Williamson

Published 12/06/2015

Pacemaker Press 12/6/2015 A primary school in County Antrim has been closed due to fears that asbestos had been found in the building.
St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed earlier this week.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/6/2015 A primary school in County Antrim has been closed due to fears that asbestos had been found in the building. St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed earlier this week. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/6/2015 A primary school in County Antrim has been closed due to fears that asbestos had been found in the building. St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed earlier this week. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/6/2015 A primary school in County Antrim has been closed due to fears that asbestos had been found in the building. St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed earlier this week. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/6/2015 A primary school in County Antrim has been closed due to fears that asbestos had been found in the building. St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed earlier this week. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pupils of a Co Antrim primary school closed due to an asbestos scare in the building will return to lessons on Monday provided in temporary accommodation.

Earlier this week St Joseph's Primary School on the Greystone Road in Antrim closed.

The asbestos discovery was made during routine building work earlier this week

A spokesperson for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) said a survey is being carried out to assess whether there was asbestos present at the school where around 800 pupils attend.

Pupils will return to school on Monday but lessons will take place in alternative locations due to "ongoing essential maintenance".

Temporary accommodation has been provided for the pupils in its adjacent parish centre and in Greystone Primary school.

A statement from CCMS said: "Alternative provision for housing the school has been identified, and parents have now been informed of the arrangements.

"The local Parish Centre will be the location for Primary 5 -7 Classes, while Primary 1-4 will be located in the nearby controlled school, Greystone Primary School. The staff and governors are grateful to both Greystone Primary School and the local parish centre for the use of their facilities. St Joseph’s Primary School continues to comply fully with the HSE as they continue their survey work at the school.

"It is not anticipated that the school building will be available for use in the last weeks of the 2014/15 academic term. However CCMS are confident that the necessary works will be completed in time for the school to return to its premises for the beginning of the 2015/16 academic term this coming September."

In a statement, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) said: "HSENI is aware of issues in relation to asbestos management in St Joseph's Primary School in Stiles, Antrim, and has directed the education authority and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) to take the necessary actions to address the matter."

Please find below the arrangements for pupils attending St Joseph’s Primary School, Antrim this coming Monday:

CLASS P1 Miss Cooke and Mrs Mulholland

New classroom Greystone P.S

Dropping off collection P1 playground to left of the main building

CLASS P2 Mrs Clarkin/ Miss Campbell and Miss McElroy

New classroom Greystone P.S

Dropping off collection Front playground at Greystone

CLASS P3 Mrs  Hamilton and Mrs McGarry

New classroom Greystone P.S

Dropping off collection Front playground at Greystone

CLASS P4/5 Miss Gilmore

New classroom Greystone P.S

Dropping off collection   Front playground at Greystone

CLASS P5 Mr McGinley

New classroom Parish Centre

Dropping off collection Arrival Our P2/3 playground. Correction at the parish centre front doors

CLASS P6 Mr McGreevy

New classroom Parish Centre

Dropping off collection    Arrival Our P2/3 playground. Collection at the parish centre front doors

CLASS P7 Mrs McNally

New classroom Parish Centre

Dropping off collection  Arrival Our p2/3 playground, collection at the parish centre front doors

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