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Fire damaged area will be back in use
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
LESSONS will be back to normal next week for a fire stricken school in Andover, said the head teacher.
Winton School, in London Road, re-opened on Monday after the fire in the roof last Thursday morning.
More than 500 pupils were evacuated from the building when the fire, which is believed to have started in the boiler room, spread to the roof of the sports hall.
Chris McShane, Winton Community School head teacher, said that with the exception of the extensively damaged sports hall, other areas affected by the blaze would be back in use by Tuesday.
“The staff and students were fantastic, considering it was a break time when the fire alarms went off.
The students themselves made their ways to the assembly points,” he said.
“We were clear with everybody out in two minutes, that’s how effective it was.
“The fire service was then on site within four minutes and I think all of that quick action meant that the damage wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.
“As well as the sports hall the areas affected include the school’s gym, theatre, music room and dance studio.
“I thought I was going to lose all of those areas for months even up until yesterday.
“Once the electricians got back with the report last night it then came down to a week.
“That means that we have got an indoor sports area coming into winter.”
He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those people and organisations for their kind thoughts and emails.
“It’s a real boost to the school. At a time like that you can be really low.”
As pupils returned to the school on Monday they were told that some PE lessons would be held at grounds in Charlton, with transport provided by coaches.
The school was closed last Friday, the day after the fire, which was reported shortly after 11am on Thursday, September 19.
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