Highlands & Islands

Chimney fault shuts Inverness Royal Academy

Inverness Royal Academy Image copyright ALAsdair MacNeill/Geograph
Image caption Highland Council said a problem with the school's chimney was picked up during a routine inspection

Pupils and staff at Inverness Royal Academy (IRA) have been sent home after a structural problem was identified on an external chimney at the school.

Highland Council said the school was closed at 11:00 for health and safety reasons.

The problem was spotted during a routine inspection of the building.

Schools in the Highland Council area break up for the October holidays on Friday. The IRA will not reopen until after the holidays.

The school is to be replaced by a new building in 2016.

Work has started on the site of the new IRA in the grounds of the existing school.

Once completed, the building should be big enough to handle a roll of 1,400 pupils.

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