Heating failure leads to partial school closure

Patchway Community College, Patchway, Bristol

Failure of the heating system at a Patchway school has led to lessons being cancelled for some pupils.

Year 7 pupils have been told not to attend Patchway Community College today (Tuesday 7th February) because of the problem.

Writing on the school website yesterday, headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“Unfortunately the college will be closed to Year 7 students on Tuesday 7th February. This is because there is a lack of heating in some parts of the building.”

“Contractors have been working hard to solve the problem this afternoon, but have been unable to do so.”

“The college will be open to all students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 as usual on Tuesday 7th February.”

The message adds that it is “anticipated” that the problem will be resolved today, allowing the college to open as normal on Wednesday.

The school is currently waiting to hear if its has been successful in a bid for investment under the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme aimed at helping schools in the worst condition or in desperate need of additional places for pupils.