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PUPILS and staff from St Andrew’s Primary School will move to a new temporary home in the Newport Live Connect Centre on Monday 19 April.

Children were unable to return to the key stage two (junior) building earlier this month when it had been closed because of a significant structural issue.

Since 12 March, year six children and teachers have been accommodated by Lliswerry High School while the other 270 pupils have continued receiving online lessons.

It was felt essential that these three years should be kept together so considerable work has been done to find an appropriate building that would provide a safe and secure learning environment.

Newport Live kindly offered the Connect Centre in Mendalgief Road, subject to final permissions, and work will be undertaken to make the building ready to welcome the school.

This includes upgrading the alarm system to the required standards for so many primary school children. Works are also being carried out in the grounds to make sure they can have a suitable outdoor play area.

Transport will be provided to take the children from St Andrew’s to the Connect Centre, and back again, each day.

Parents are being kept updated about the arrangements. The council and the school appreciate their patience and understanding in relation to an unprecedented situation that no-one would have wanted.

A small number of young people who were using the Connect Centre for alternative education programmes have moved to the Rivermead Centre in Rogerstone where they will continue to receive high-quality learning and teaching. It has some additional features that those pupils can benefit from.

Investigations into the structural issues in the St Andrew’s junior building and possible solutions are continuing.

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