Pinner Wood School closed!

Pinner woodIn a sudden move, Harrow Council has announced the closure of the school in Latimer Gardens, Pinner for health and safety reasons.
The geotechnical surveys found an unacceptable risk that the ground beneath the school buildings and playgrounds could become unstable and unsafe, due to the condition of very recently discovered chalk mine tunnels below.
During the summer holidays of 2015, a 3 metres wide and 1 metre deep hole unexpectedly opened up in the tarmac of the staff car park.
The Council and school made the area safe and commissioned specialist professionals to analyse the causes of the hole. They determined that the hole was situated on top of an old, disused shaft. The material used historically to backfill that shaft, they concluded, had only been loosely compacted and had subsided – creating a hole.
The school’s 596 children between the ages of 3 and 11 will be relocated to other educational settings in Harrow in time for pupils’ schooling to resume at the start of the Summer Term.
Council  hopes that they will be able to stabilise the ground and return the site to a safe condition but they have warned that “It may, however, be the case that it is not economically feasible to restore the ground and that the school may never reopen in its current form on its current site”.