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Edinburgh school reopenings delayed until August

Drummond Community High Image copyright Google
Image caption Drummond Community High had been due to open in June, along with the Royal High

Two Edinburgh schools closed over safety fears will not reopen later in the month as planned.

Edinburgh Schools Partnership said further works were required on Royal High and Drummond Community High before pupils could return.

Both schools were expected to reopen on 20 June.

Remedial works will now be completed during the summer holidays and should be ready for pupils returning in August, the council said.

About 7,600 primary and secondary school children in the capital were affected when the schools, which were all built or refurbished as part of the same public private partnership (PPP) scheme, were closed suddenly in April.

Problems first became apparent when part of a wall at Oxgangs Primary collapsed during stormy weather in January.

Construction faults led to safety inspections being ordered at all schools built under the private finance initiative.

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Image caption High winds caused damage to Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh

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