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Westgate Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, re-opens after asbestos-related closure




Pupils returned to a Bury St Edmunds primary school today after it was closed at short notice due to an asbestos-related issue on Tuesday.

Westgate Primary School, in Brooklands Close, was closed as a precautionary measure after a survey ahead of building work at the school identified an asbestos ceiling tile had been altered in the past.

Contractors tested the air for fibres on Monday afternoon with levels found to be safe, however the contractor advised sealing off the area as a precautionary measure while work was undertaken on Tuesday.

Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds (near Brooklands Close/Westgate Primary School)..Pic of cars in the road and general chaos at school drop-off time Picture Mark Westley. (11791675)
Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds (near Brooklands Close/Westgate Primary School)..Pic of cars in the road and general chaos at school drop-off time Picture Mark Westley. (11791675)

Jenny Cockett, headteacher, said in a letter to parents: "Our decision to close until this work had been carried out was to ensure the health and safety of children remained paramount.

"Work was carried out in the afternoon of Tuesday and all the asbestos identified was found to be in a safe state. A second air test of key areas of the school took place and once again proved the environment is completely safe for children to return."

She apologised for the inconvenience caused to families as a result of the closure and thanked parents for their understanding.

"We are confident our decision was in the best interests of the children and very pleased that the considerable testing done on Tuesday has supported this," she added.



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