A SCHOOL has been criticised for giving short notice about a change to the new term timetable.

Building works at Frobisher Primary in Jaywick have been underway over the summer, to update the kitchen and ICT suite.

But the school has had to move the start of term to Monday - an extra week - after the development was not finished in time.

One father, Mr Kearley, says parents weren't given adequate time to arrange additional childcare.

"The letter was received three days prior to my child returning to school," said the dad, of Aragon Close.

"I realise that the school cannot be held accountable for delays by builders, but I feel that three days' notice is not sufficient for working parents to make alternative arrangements.

"I can only imagine the school's reaction if I decided not to send my child in when it wasn't convenient for me."

He added: "Schools have enough closures with all the holidays and non-pupil days."

Frobisher headteacher, Christine Watkins, said that the decision to delay the start of term had been taken after consultation with the governing body and the local education authority.

She added: "The letter was sent as soon as it was known that the school would not be ready to open.

"We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of all our pupils is paramount."