The leader of Richmond Council has committed his support for the Stanley School community whilst building rectification works are being carried out.

In 2011 an extensive building programme commenced at the school in Teddington. The works not only brought together the Infant and Junior Schools but also enabled the school to expand to four forms of entry.

The works were originally scheduled to take 22 months. However, the project has faced numerous issues and the buildings have not been delivered to the required standard. Subsequently there have been numerous delays to project completion. In addition, last year it become apparent that there were a number of issues with the new buildings.

This meant that further works needed to take place. This repair work commenced in August 2017 and existing facilities were adapted, including additional demountable classrooms, to enable the school to remain operational and the work to take place safely.

It is expected that the works will be completed by Easter next year.

At a school meeting last week, Cllr Gareth Roberts and Cllr Penny Frost met with a group of parents, to confirm the council’s commitment to ensuring the work is carried out to time, and to offer additional support over the coming months.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “It was obvious that parents are deeply frustrated and disappointed in the amount of building works that have taken place at the school over the past seven years.

“In short, I share their frustration. It isn’t good enough. I am sorry that the children, families and staff have had to face this level of disruption.

“Whilst it is clear that there are significant and widespread problems, what we need to do now is finalise the works to ensure the school can continue offering an excellent education to the young people of Teddington.