Roof Renovations – previous updates
Before any work could start, better access was needed onto the site and so we’ve had new vehicle and pedestrian gates installed where the shelters used to be. This will mean we can remove the existing back gate and ramp when the project is completed, easing the congestion that occurs at the end of the school day.
The shelters, which are now stored in the playground, will then go back up where the ramp was.
The scaffolders then moved in, erecting the scaffold around the building on the playground side, down by the mobile and along the front path. They will continue until they have covered the whole school. The scaffolding has been padded for safety and also encloses the skip used to collect the old tiles.
This has reduced the playground area available, especially down the Infant side of the building. To deal with this, we have set in place staggered break times so that everyone gets the 15 minutes break in the morning – KS1 now have their break 10.15am to 10.30am and KS2 have their break 10.30am to 10.45am.
We have managed to keep lunchtime the same as the children eat their lunch at different times over the lunch period.
Removing Roof tiles
During the 2nd week of term, the roofers were able to start stripping the tiles off the roof and they started down the Infant side of the building.
When the roofers are over a classroom, there is a lot of noise from their work but they are able to strip a section above a classroom in 2-3 days.
As they move around the building, we will let you know on this page where they are and any updates resulting from their work.
Week beginning 1 October 2018
Each morning, the skip with all the tiles in from the previous day is removed and replaced with a new skip. On Wednesday, the fully laden skip was moved into the playground and was so heavy, it broke the surface of the tarmac in two places.
We cordoned off the area with cones and hazard tape and were informed that the damage would be patched up to allow that area to be used again. Any future damage to the playground will be patched as they go along and then, after the project is completed, the playground will be completely resurfaced.
Year 5 ceiling
On Wednesday, the roofers moved over Year 5 and, due to the amount of dust that was dislodged through the ceiling, the children were moved out of the classroom. They have been working as a class in the Hall, or in smaller groups in the Suite or mobile. They moved back into their classroom on Monday 8 October.
Week beginning 8 October 2018
Year 5 moved back into their classroom today as the roofers are no longer directly overhead.
The broken tarmac in the playground has been patched over with a temporary, softer tarmac which means that area of the playground can be used again.
The roofers will be working over the Reception classroom for the first part of this week, removing all the old tiles
Front Entrance Access – ** Update **
Due to the weather conditions, the scaffolding around the front entrance to the school has been postponed until the week beginning 15 October.
Although there will be access to the front entrance once the scaffold is up, while they are working on it, no-one will be able to come into school through the front door.
Pupils and parents will enter the premises through the back gate as normal.
It is estimated the front entrance will only be closed for up to a day. If you need to come to school during that time, please ring the office on 0161 336 2956 or 0161 320 7949 so we can let you in through the Reception fire doors. Once the scaffolding is in place, there will be access through a covered walkway to the front door.
Week beginning 15 October 2018
The scaffolding at the front entrance is now up so the access to the front door is now clear.
The roofers are making progress and are now over the area of the hall next to Year 5. Although some small holes have appeared in the ceiling as they remove the tiles, the roofers are covering the area as they go so that no debris or rain will get through.
The vehicle used to remove the skips every day has caused two more cracks in the playground, which have been patched over. To try to reduce this damage, boards will be laid down for the vehicle to drive onto when they collect the skips.
Week beginning 22 October 2018 and half term break
The roofers have started fixing the new tiles to the infant side of the building and are making good progress.
Over the half term break, the roofers will be removing the tiles from the hall roof and should have it all stripped by the time school starts again in November.
The high level windows are to be replaced due to the change in the level of the new roof and it is planned to replace some of these windows during half term.
Remedial work will be carried out to the areas of the playground damaged from the vehicles changing the skips.