New path to Andover School

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Andover School will be opening a path at the back of the school to allow pupils to travel home via the nature trail.

The path will enable pupils to leave from the infant playground which should help to ease the congestion at the front of the building.

Head teacher Mrs Liz Howson said: “There is already a footpath there which some of the children use and has been approved by the council. Before they could not access it from the school grounds and had to go round the side to use it.

“The council is putting up a new fence along the railway line and have tarmaced from the playground to the path at the back.

“The path will not be finished before the Easter holidays.”

A spokesperson from Angus Council said: “The council has agreed to open up the path at the back of the school so pupils can leave from the infant playground and make their way home via the nature trail.

“A full risk assessment has been undertaken by the council and improved fencing has been installed along the route.

“If any trains do run during the week, alternative arrangements for use of the path are brought into place, including supervision or temporary non use.

“There was consultation with the parent council who gave positive feedback about the project.

“The opening of the path will alleviate congestion at the front of the school, and address ongoing safety concerns at the front of the school while encouraging children to walk to and from school.”

Parents will be informed when the rear gate is in operation.