Primary school kids left wading through raw sewage after botched refurb

"Britain's worst built school" saw pupils forced to wade through puddles of raw sewage after a botched multi-million pounds refurb sent raw sewage tumbling through the doors.

Russell Scott Primary School in Denton, Greater Manchester, has been plagued with problems caused by a remodelling project by construction giant Carillion, which collapsed in 2018.

The works, costing more than £2million, took place from 2013 to 2015 but from day one the pupils and staff faced nightmare conditions which the head teacher likened to a "war zone".

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On the first day back pupils were sent home within hours because experts found the building didn’t comply with fire regulations.

Over the next seven years the school faced a mountain of problems caused by the refurb, including faulty fire doors, raw sewage leaks, flooding and illness from fumes – which has seen the primary forced to close a number of times.

And most recently, in September last year, another raw sewage leak infiltrated the school, with grim pictures showing the brown water filling the building's corridors.

Work to patch up the host of problems has already set the school back more than £670,000.

But the news comes as the school was offered a glimmer of hope, with the government announcing it is to be rebuilt.

The Department for Education said earlier today (December 19) that Russell Scott has been provisionally selected for the next round of the school rebuilding programme, Manchester Evening News reports.

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It follows tireless campaigning by headteacher Steve Marsland and Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne who for years have been calling on the government to intervene at the school, which they say has been left unfit for children.

“They’ve had to be evacuated because of sewer gas, paddle through sewage with rain pouring in, get sent home due to floods. You name it, they’ve had to endure it," the teacher told The Daily Mirror last year.

“People who see it are absolutely flabbergasted. It’s like a war zone. The clowns who have done the construction work have made it a place not fit for children. The year after the work finished our attendance went down from 95% to 60% due to illness from sewage fumes.

“The sewage flooded into our bathrooms and our youngest ­children were actually sat in it.

“One child thought they were doing the right thing by getting on their hands and knees and mopping up the raw sewage.”


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