South Scotland

New Dumfries school closed after door injures pupil

North West Campus Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption The school was closed on Friday and will remain shut on Monday

A brand new £28m school in Dumfries has been closed after a child was hurt.

The girl suffered "superficial bruising" after being struck by a sliding door which came off its rails at the North West Community Campus.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said she was safely at home with her parents and the doors had been removed.

The school - which opened on Tuesday - has been closed to pupils for safety checks and will not reopen until next Tuesday, 28 August.

The campus suffered problems last month when a leak was discovered with posts on social media suggesting a ceiling had collapsed.

However, an investigation by construction firm Graham blamed the issue on a sprinkler fitting error which had caused "sagging and superficial damage".

'Fullest reassurance'

The council said at the time it would not take ownership of the building until all construction work had been completed to its satisfaction.

Pupils moved into the new school complex on Tuesday, which was built to replace Lochside and St Ninian's primary schools, Langlands special school and Maxwelltown High School.

The local authority initially decided to shut the school until Monday in order to provide "fullest reassurance" to parents.

It has now extended that closure by a further day.

A statement said that following checks it had been established the building was safe for use by pupils and staff.

"The campus will remain closed to pupils on Monday 27 August to enable staff training to take place so that they have the confidence and knowledge of all procedures to operate the facility," it added.

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