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Council blasts Edinburgh schools group

Edinburgh School Partnership, which operates 17 schools in Edinburgh, has been criticised by the city council for failing to carry out repair work it had promised to undertake.

In February this year, a pupil was hit by a tile that fell from the ceiling of Oxgangs Primary and the roof was damaged by wind in March.

Although Edinburgh Schools Partnership told the council the building had since been made safe, the council’s own survey discovered this was not correct. The council has itself been carrying out emergency repairs.

Edinburgh Council said: “Despite confirmation from ESP that the issues identified had been made safe, the results of the proactive inspections by the council showed further issues that were not addressed.”

The council has commissioned ceiling and roof checks to be carried out on the other 16 schools that are managed by ESP under a PPP1 contract.

Edinburgh Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr said: “We have always stated that the health and safety of our pupils and staff is paramount which is why we are making sure these issues are remedied immediately and as a precaution, we will be carrying out similar checks on the other 16 schools in the PPP1 project.

“We are extremely concerned at these latest construction defects at Oxgangs Primary School following the wall collapse two years ago and the Edinburgh Schools Partnership have to be held accountable.”

An Edinburgh Schools Partnership spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing all issues regarding ongoing work at Oxgangs Primary School. We will be releasing more information once this review has been completed.”