Flood-hit school: repair work could take many months

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PUPILS at East Ayton School may have to spend the rest of the year in temporary classrooms as repair work is carried out.

The Moor Lane primary school was hit by severe flooding over the Christmas break caused by frozen pipes due to the cold weather.

Ceilings collapsed due to the water damage, which also ruined interior furniture, books and equipment.

Temporary cabins were installed on the car park last week, which will become classrooms for pupils in year five and six after their classrooms suffered the brunt of the damage.

Staff today are due to start moving furniture in to the temporary cabins so the pupils can move from the main hall where they have been having their lessons for the last week.

A further temporary cabin has also being placed on the car park to act as a staff room as well as temporary toilets for the staff, and car parking is being made available on the school field.

Deputy head teacher Julie Warren said: “It was quite an exciting day when the cranes came to deliver the temporary cabins, all the children enjoyed watching them being put in place.

“We currently have industrial dryers drying out the flood damaged part of the school, which internally has been stripped back to the brick work and internal walls have been taken down because they were unsafe.

“There is a great team spirit in the school. The children have been very sensible about it, and everyone has really pulled together to keep us open.

“We could be in the temporary class rooms until the start of the next school year in September though.

“We are hoping it will be sooner but we have been told between six to eight months before everything is back to normal.”

Pupils at the school were due to return from their Christmas break on January 4 but could not go back to school until Wednesday January 12, more than a week later, while workers cleared away the worst of the damage.

Gladstone Road Infants School and Overdale Community Primary School, in Eastfield, also suffered problems with frozen pipes over the Christmas period.