‘Safety of children and staff is paramount’ says council as inspection is launched

Daliburgh School is one of the buildings affected.

Daliburgh School is one of the buildings affected.

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has instructed its construction contractors to carry out a full inspection and review of rooflights at four primary schools. Glazing panels are also being reversed to provide additional protection.

The move follows three incidents where the glazing in rooflights has failed. A Comhairle spokesperson confirmed that no injuries have occurred because of the failings.

The inspections and works are currently being carried out and protective measures have been put in place at the schools - Sgoil an Rubha, Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Balivanich and Daliburgh.

A full report from the contractors is due this month. The safety measures will remain until the report is received and any further remedial works carried out.

The inspection and remedial work on Sgoil an Rubha, Sgoil an Taobh Siar and Balivanich will be completed by 15th April and at Daliburgh School by 19th April.

Their report is expected the week beginning 22nd April. The protective measures will remain in place until the full report is received from FMP and any additional remedial works are undertaken.

Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children’s Services, said: “The safety of children and staff is paramount.

“The Comhairle is acting to rectify this issue through its contractors who will bear the cost of the required inspections and works.”

The other schools in the Western Isles Schools Project are unaffected. Sir E. Scott has no rooflights. The Nicolson Institute was built to a different design and specification to the primary schools and has different rooflights.