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Temporary home for pupils after flooding

Children at a school closed by flood water will be taught at nearby schools while repairs are carried out.

With effect from Tuesday, June 5th, pupils from St Paul’s CE (VC) First School in Coven will be based at St Mary’s CE (C) First School and Nursery at Wheaton Aston, and at Wolgarston High School in Penkridge.

Parents will drop off and collect their children at the usual times at the Memorial Hall in Brewood Road, Coven, and coaches with St Paul’s staff aboard will ferry them to and from the nearby schools.

Philip White, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet member for Learning and Employability, said:

Contractors have been in the school during half term removing damaged flooring, clearing silt from the playground and assessing the damage to the toilets and other parts of the building, including electrical fittings.

There’s no way children can study there next week and as we still don’t know the full extent of the ‘hidden’ damage the priority is to ensure the children’s education continues in a safe environment while we deal with this.

We have tried and tested contingency plans for this kind of incident. Neighbouring schools have been magnificent and everyone has worked through the holidays to sort this out.”

The school was affected when a nearby stream flooded during the heavy storms of Sunday, May 27th and water, mixed with sewage, filled most of the school.

As it’s not yet known how the long the clean-up will take, the alternative arrangements have been put in place until the end of term.

Karen Roberts, head teacher at St Paul’s, said:

The damage has been a shock, but we’re determined that our children will not miss out in any way.

Staff will visit their new classrooms on Monday to complete the arrangements and then it will be classes as usual on Tuesday.

We’ve kept parents informed about what’s happening and the support from them and the community has been brilliant.”

Including those attending morning or afternoon nursery, 165 children currently attend St Paul’s.

There will be no classes at all at any location on Monday, June 4th. Then from Tuesday, Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children will be taught temporarily at St Mary’s, while pupils from Years 2, 3 and 4 will attend Wolgarston. Children there will be kept entirely separate from High School pupils during lessons and at break and lunchtime.