11 February 2017
Over the last week i have been working hard with Cumbria County Council and a local engineering firm to try to reinstate the heating at the school.
Sadly it is not a simple job. Not only did we suffer boiler failure but the pipework failed too. This pipework is all sunken underground so cannot be accessed.
We have some temporary heating within the classrooms at the moment but it is not ideal. It is not adequate when the weather is very cold as it is at the moment. We will be installing some more robust temporary heating on Monday and Tuesday to try and alleviate the problem in the short term. Things are made more difficult as our electrical network is at capacity so we cannot use anymore electrical heat sources.
I have a meeting on Monday with several members of the CCC buildings team to look at how we can re-pipe the whole school whilst the school remains open. This will require very careful planning but i am confident we can do it with minimal disruption to the school day.
Re-piping a whole school would ideally be done in summer as, even with the school closed, it would take up to 6 weeks. An open school slows down the work.
I will keep you up to date as and when i have more information.