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A meeting took place this afternoon with the various parties attempting to resolve the air quality issue we are currently experiencing in school. Representing Gilded Hollins were D Nash, Headteacher, Mrs E Haworth, Chair of Governors and Mrs J Boardman, Caretaker and Health and Safety Governor.

Also in attendance were representatives of the local authority, including the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer, representatives of School’s property consultant NPS, and the Resource and Environmental Consultants Ltd., who have been conducting analysis tests in school.

As a result of this meeting it has been agreed that we shall remain at Lowton CE High School for a further week.

All the compounds for which we already have results have returned within acceptable levels. The final outcome from more detailed analysis is due back by Tuesday.

In the meantime, a range of measures have been put in place to provide ongoing updates on the environment within our building. Among these are air composition sensors that will remain in school indefinitely.

Next week, we intend to remove an old Air Handling Unit in the school ceiling void and the ducting connected to it. This should be completed by the middle of the week.

On Wednesday, everyone who met today will gather again for feedback on the detailed analysis that has taken place this week.

Then on Thursday and Friday a deep clean team will enter school in preparation for, it is envisaged, a return on Monday 5th October.

Obviously, we hope to be back at Gilded Hollins as soon as possible and we are doing all in our power to ensure the building is safe for your children, and staff, to return.

In the meantime, Mr Pollard and everyone at Lowton CE High School continue to be incredible hosts. Nothing is too much trouble and they have gone out of their way to make us welcome and help us maintain the quality education to which our children are accustomed. We can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for us and our children.

A thank you, also, to you for your continued patience at this difficult time.