Department for Education speaks to contractors over Hornchurch’s Suttons Primary School delays

10:19 17 October 2016

An artist's impression of the new building for Suttons Primary School. The school's plans are set to be discussed by Havering Council's regulatory services committee. Picture: Suttons Primary School

An artist's impression of the new building for Suttons Primary School. The school's plans are set to be discussed by Havering Council's regulatory services committee. Picture: Suttons Primary School


The Department for Education (DFE) said it is in contact with building contractors Galliford Try after the new building of a 82-year-old primary school was delayed.

A DFE spokeswoman explained it was too early to speculate on whether parents of pupils at Suttons Primary School, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, would be compensated after they had to cancel childcare arrangements last minute because building work at the school was not ready to be completed.

Pupils and teachers were expecting to move into the new building on November 7 and parents were told the school would close for eight extra days around this month’s half-term for the move.

The £7.5million project is funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) as part of a programme to transform run-down buildings into state-of-the-art facilities.

In some circumstances, the EFA can seek damages from contractors and pass it on to schools.

A DFE spokeswoman added: “We are disappointed that the date for completion has been delayed and that parents have been inconvenienced, and we are discussing this with the contractor.”

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