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Run down Bristol school described as 'not acceptable'

A Bristol primary school has been described as "past its sell-by date" by a local councillor.

Millpond School in the Easton area of the city takes children aged three to 11 and is spread across six buildings next to the M32.

Labour councillor Brenda Hugill said action was needed to move the school away from its current "dreadful site".

Bristol City Council's Liberal Democrat leader, Barbara Janke, admitted conditions were not ideal.

"I agree that the conditions that people work under are far from acceptable," said Ms Janke.

Refurbishing buildings

"I've been made aware that officers are in discussion with the school at the moment as to how they can best accommodate the children who are there at the moment.

"If the buildings are not fit-for-purpose then clearly something has to be done about it.

"I think there is quite a lot that can be done by refurbishing buildings and we know a lot of our primary schools are Victorian and not fit-for-purpose at all.

"But there is not a huge amount of capital to rebuild them so we have to be much more creative."

Ms Hugill said: "A new school is needed for this whole area. The sell-by date has long since gone [for the buildings] and we need a high-quality learning environment."

The school was rated as satisfactory in its most recent evaluation by Ofsted.

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