Health and Safety and Vale Council officials are at Albert Primary School in Penarth this afternoon after the collapse of scaffolding at the side of the school building.
It’s understood that the scaffolding collapsed in high winds. No children or staff have been hurt.
Children have not had to be sent home and the school is operating normally with both the nursery and primary schools functioning as usual.
The scaffolding had apparently been erected for work on a property next door to the school but is said to have collapsed onto the playground entrance and the roof of the school building.
One PDN poster said “My wife and kids had walked through the gate moments before the scaffolding came crashing down. A very close call”.
This afternoon Albert School issued a statement to parents saying “Please be made aware that the Top Gate of the school is not accessible today due to a neighbouring property’s scaffold falling across into the school premises. Please be assured no one was injured in anyway.Due to restorative works taking place there will be considerable congestion at the end of the day. Access to the school will now be made via the bottom gate through the yards.”
Parents are advised that when they collect their children this afternoon they should do so from the following locations: –
• Year 6, 5 and 4 from the usual exits.
• Year 3 will be waiting in the lower basketball yard
• Year 2 and Year 1 children can be collected from their usual exits.
• Nursery children from their usual exit but accessed through the bottom yard.
• Reception children will be dismissed from the Main Office. Staff will bring the children out to be collected from the main entrance pathway.
The school has apologised for any inconvenience to parents – even though the incident had nothing to do with the school itself .