Classrooms have improved, says council

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ANGUS Council has assured parents that children starting at a Monifieth primary school are being taught in improved learning environments.

Building work had taken place at Grange Primary School’s infant area to improve the accommodation for primary one pupils.

However there had been concerns among parents that primary one children were being taught in a corridor which was unventilated.

And one parent, who did not want to be named, told the Guide & Gazette that this was causing the children to be distracted by the constant comings and goings and that they only had a small space to hang up their belongings.

But Angus Council has refuted the claims saying children at Grange are now having lessons in an open plan space, which has improved the environment.

A spokeswoman said: “Over the summer holidays, building work was carried out in the infant area of the school to improve the accommodation for primary one pupils.

“Previously primary one pupils were taught by three teachers in two classrooms. The creation of a single open plan space with three small teaching groups, has greatly improved the teaching and learning environment for pupils and staff. 

“A further open space, the infant library, is also being accessed by groups of children from primaries one and two.

“The parent council kindly funded the installation of an interactive whiteboard for this area which will enhance its use. All these areas are adequately decorated, ventilated and furnished.”

The local authority say that all parents were aware of the new arrangements through the school newsletter but added anyone with concerns could contact the headteacher.

The spokeswoman explained: “The school newsletter sent out to all parents before the summer holidays, including those of pre-school pupils about to move into primary one, outlined the accommodation arrangements for the new session.

“The headteacher will write to all parents again to outline the changes to the classroom layouts.

“Any parent/carer with any concerns about the classroom accommodation is welcome to contact the head teacher directly.”