School shut and pupils sent home after gas leak found

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PUPILS were sent home and a school shut fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a gas leak.

The leak was de­tected at Poyn­ton High School, on Yew Tree Lane, on Fri­day morn­ing, De­cem­ber 14, and the sup­ply was im­me­di­ately iso­lated in that area.

But the elec­tric­ity sup­ply to the same area was also lost and head­teacher David Waugh took the de­ci­sion to close the school from 12.20pm that day

He said: “This means that we are un­able to pro­vide any form of food (meal or snack) for our stu­dents to­day at ei­ther break or lunch.

“In light of this it would rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant health and safety risk to our stu­dents to not have ac­cess to an ad­e­quate meal or snack from break­fast time this morn­ing un­til ap­prox­i­mately 4pm this af­ter­noon when they would re­turn home.

“I am there­fore clos­ing the school from 12.20pm on­wards to al­low stu­dents to re­turn home in or­der to en­sure they are able to ac­cess a suit­able meal.

“We have stan­dard ‘close down pro­ce­dures’ and are cur­rently putting these in to prac­tice.”

Gas en­gi­neers were sent to fix the prob­lem - which has been de­scribed as a ‘small leak’ - and it was ex­pected the school would re­open as nor­mal on Mon­day.

Buses were brought early to the school to take stu­dents home and those with di­etary med­i­cal needs were helped in the sixth form kitchen.

Mr Waugh added: “I gen­uinely un­der­stand that this de­ci­sion causes sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion to our stu­dents, their fam­i­lies and the lo­cal com­mu­nity but it is not safe to ex­pect 1,400 stu­dents to go eight hours with­out ac­cess to suit­able nu­tri­tion.”

“I very much ex­pect that we will be fully up and run­ning for Mon­day.”

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