Health and Safety at The Peele

I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this difficult week. It has been a trying time with this unprecedented weather. I know that some of you have concerns still about the flooding and sewage issues so I wanted to provide you with some information about how we are currently operating.

I can assure you all that we are monitoring the situation very closely and I am consulting with our Health and Safety Officer throughout each day. Currently the fire exit at the bottom of the tower is not blocked by water, although there is about 2cm depth we can still safely use the exit. As such we can safely use the tower for lessons. This was not the case on Tuesday afternoon, hence the partial closure of the school on Wednesday.

Regarding the ‘sewage’ smell that we had in school yesterday, we did have to clear the staff toilets yesterday and this caused the unpleasant odour. This is improved today, although there is a bit of a smell of damp as nothing has had the chance to dry out - this should improve over the weekend and is certainly not as bad today as it was yesterday. Student toilets are being checked every hour or so and we have not had a problem since Tuesday afternoon.

The ceiling damage in the Tower is being repaired – we have removed the wet tiles and are addressing the leak. We have been fortunate to have only 2 or 3 leaks, considering the amount of flat roof in the school. There have been more issues with water coming in at ground level and these are being mopped up as soon as we find them.

The health and safety of our students and staff is the absolute priority for the school, hence the closure on Wednesday to allow us to assess the issues and at least partially dry out before the second band of rain. I am working closely with our own H&S officers and consulting with Lincolnshire County Council regularly to ensure that H&S standards are maintained. Teaching continues and should not be affected by the weather.

If you do have any concerns, please telephone the school or email 'enquiries@peele.lincs.sch.uk' I am happy to speak to or meet with anyone who would like further reassurance regarding the condition of the school.