A brand new music room at a secondary school is standing silent due to a series of electrical delays.
Batley Grammar School, which has reintroduced music to its curriculum and hired a music teacher for the new school year, has been left frustrated after a series of mishaps has delayed the opening of the new facility.
The music room was constructed at the Carlinghow Hill school during the six week holidays and was due to be completed and connected to the power grid ready for the first week of term.
But six weeks on, the room has yet to be filled with the sound of music and music lessons are being held in the school hall.
Head teacher Brigid Tullie said: “It’s demoralising for pupils and staff. There’s only so much the music teacher can do in the hall.”
A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman said the music room was scheduled to be connected on September 2, but the wrong storage cabinet was installed to stow away the electricity cables.
She said; “We couldn’t put in a supply and hide the cables safely.”
Workmen from Northern Powergrid returned to the school on Tuesday to connect the cables but were unable to complete the job.
“They were authorised to work on copper cables but the room is using aluminium cables,” the spokeswoman said.
“They couldn’t do it because of the paperwork.”
She added that the job had been rearranged for yesterday morning, and that the music room would be connected by the end of Wednesday.
But as the News went to press, the music room still stood silent.
Workmen arrived at the school on Wednesday morning, only to discover the trenches dug for the electricity cables were too shallow.
Northern Powergrid said the depth was not sufficient for the live eletrical cables to be connected and the room opened safely.
As a result the work could not be completed.
A team must now be sent out to relay the cables.
“When they turned up on Tuesday morning we thought great, this is it,” said school bursar Neil Lee.
“But by the time I got to them one of the vans was already gone and another was just leaving.”
Mrs Tullie added: “We just feel like we’ve hit a brick wall.
“It’s demotivating for pupils.”
A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman confirmed that workers had dug the trenches required for the cable to be relaid.
She said the room was connected on Wednesday.