Braeview Academy closure update

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The damage to Braeview Academy following last night’s fire is still being fully assessed, but it is clear that the building will be out of commission for some time.

We are determined to minimise disruption to the pupils’ education, and are looking at all the options available. Within hours of the fire, discussions were already taking place with a focus on short-term measures to get the young people back in classrooms.

Finding the best solution for our 570 pupils is not straightforward, and there are issues to consider around finding suitably equipped classrooms, access to learning materials and canteen facilities, to give just a few examples.

Taking all that into account, we are working hard to create a bespoke timetable for the coming weeks, using other school accommodation in the city.

Putting that in place will take some time, and unfortunately means Braeview pupils will remain at home this week and into next.

We will be issuing further information on Friday afternoon about the arrangements for next week.

Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to resume their classroom learning as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we would encourage young people to use the online learning available to them through the Glow network. Braeview teachers will also be online to support learning from next week.

We are grateful to the school’s 80 staff for the part they are playing at what is a very emotional time. A meeting was held with them today, and we will continue to work closely with them in the coming days.

The staff, the young people and the wider residents of the area form a tight Braeview community, and that spirit and resilience will be more important than ever as we pull together for the benefit of our pupils after this sad incident.

A meeting to update parents and carers will be organised for early next week. Further information about this will also be issued on Friday.

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