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Pupils sent home after school boiler breaks down

2010-11-18 13:55:00

Pupils at a school in Scotland have been sent home this week after their school’s heating system broke down.

The school children at Gracemount Primary were told to return home when they arrived at the school gates on Tuesday, after staff discovered the boiler had stopped working, leaving the school with no heating.

The school has been suffering from several heating problems in the past months and another school in Morningside has also been forced to instruct children to come to school wearing lots of layers as the boiler had broken.

One parent was obviously angered by the closure: "This is the school that the council said was the better option for my children than the school they decided to close, whose heating never broke down, whose ceilings and roofs did not collapse."

Many older schools have their heating supplied by oil boilers, which need to be regularly maintained and serviced to ensure they are in good working order. At this time of year, schools should sign up to a boiler maintenance scheme, such as the one offered by Team Energy. This provides annual servicing, which usually spots a problem before the boiler breaks down.