The scaffolding has come down at the main entrance to Albert Primary School Penarth

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.

The main entrance to the infants section of the school has been blocked by the collapsed scaffolding – which had been erected for work on a property next door

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”.

Experts conferring outside Albert Primary School today

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 .

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  1. AnnaliseB says:

    The scaffolding was attached (or not) to the house next door not the school. Thank goodness no one was hurt.

    • Lucie says:

      You can’t attach scaffolding to anthink the winds will take anything down in its way!Thank God no one was hurt.

      • AnnaliseB says:

        Thanks for that… Much appreciated

      • Ben says:

        I’m a scaffolder the scaffold should of been racered and tied in to the wall 3 lifts high above a school defo should of been tied

      • Craig howell says:

        I suspect the sheeting on the side of the scaffolding acted like a sail on a yacht and one strong gust brought it down, But it still should have been tied to building. Glad nobody was hurt.

  2. Alyj says:

    Thank goodness all safe

  3. Peter Church says:

    I blame the new Labour Town Council!

    • Lucie says:

      We got a lot more to come from our Labour Council that our distroyin our town!

  4. Windsor in my view says:

    My wife and kids had walked through the gate moments before the scaffolding came crashing down. A very close call.

    Was the scaffolding correctly tied in/on to the house?

    • Frank Evans says:

      No doubt this been passed to the HSE as scaffolding does require initial and repeated inspections. Check the “scaftag”

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    Not surprised Penarth seems to be awash with ‘cowboy builders’ .

  6. The Dairy Farmer says:

    Stupid comment Peter Church – luckily no one was injured

    • DRT Andrews says:

      One of many Mr Farmer.

      • Peter Church says:

        A spokesman from the Vale of Glamorgan council said: “On Friday May 5, scaffolding attached to a “council owned property” fell into the grounds of Albert Primary School.
        Who would you blame if not the Labour Town Council?

      • Oliver says:

        Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the scaffolders who set up said scaffold?

  7. Fishhenge says:

    Uh oh. Next the Vale will declare the school to be structurally unsafe and close it for years before demolishing it to build 973 antisocial housing units on the site.

  8. snoggerdog says:

    thats my grandsons classroom,should have asked him,he would have built them a safe lego structure!

  9. paulo brane says:

    Really lucky no one was hurt . Ihope there is a proper investigation of this incident these sorts of things should not happen

  10. paulo brane says:

    does anyone know who was resposible for putting it up, i think people need to know just in case !!

  11. AK says:

    Peter Church, the Penarth Town Council is not the same as the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

    Later reports say that the scaffold was erected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, who also have responsibility for the manitenance of the school buildings.

    The colour of the Council has nothing to do with the fact that the scaffold fell down – scaffolding collapses are rare, but usually end with large fines for the organisation and sometimes individuals concerned (sadly in this case most likely Council Tax payers).

  12. I went to Albert Road in the 70’s/80’s. The building exterior is virtually unchanged since then (or even indeed 1884 when it was built). That area is the Infant School Playground….lucky escape!

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