Cwmcarn pupils could move to escape asbestos
9:55am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
ALL pupils at Cwmcarn High School could relocate to another site to escape its asbestos-riddled buildings if councillors agree today.
In a statement on the school’s website head teacher Jacqui Peplinski said the only workable proposal from the school’s point of view was to temporarily relocate the entire school.
She said there was overwhelming support from parents, governors, learners and staff that the school community remains together in order to preserve its ethos and identity.
If agreed at a special council meeting at 5pm today students would be transported to the temporary site and pupils would be back in lessons by November 5.
The move would involve the council carrying out some remedial preparation work on the unnamed site, which has been out of use for a few years.
All coursework and learning resources from the classrooms would be transferred including that which is saved electronically on the school’s IT server.
For the remainder of this week Year 12 and 13 pupils will be taught in spare rooms at Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys Campus.
Cwmcarn High School staff will teach lessons and sixth formers can also return to the school site to continue with personal study tasks.
A shuttle bus will run from the school site to the college at the start and end of sessions.
Year 11 pupils returned to the school on Monday and year 10 went back today.
Year 9 pupils are invited to a briefing at 2pm Wednesday in the school's performing arts block and Year 7 and 8 students can get information on Thursday.
A parents meeting will take place on Wednesday at 5pm for Years 7, 8 and 9 and 6.30pm for all other years.
Mrs Peplinski said the past week had been "eventful and exhausting" and thanked everyone for their patience through this difficult time.
She added: "We are all a part of a very successful and unique community and we will continue to work together for the children’s wellbeing and education and I think we can all agree that we will look forward to returning to our entire site in the future."
For more information visit www.cwmcarnhigh.co.uk
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