Blaze school pupils return

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MOST children have returned to a South Yorkshire school damaged in an arson attack.

One classroom was totally destroyed in the blaze in the Hilltoppers Neighbourhood Nursery section of The Hill Primary School, Thurnscoe, on Tuesday night.

When firefighters arrived the classroom was engulfed in flames and the blaze had spread to the roof but crews managed to prevent it spreading elsewhere.

An investigation established the fire started in a storage shed next to the school.

Lessons were cancelled the following day but full-time youngsters were allowed back yesterday.

Foundation stage children were kept off today but will be allowed back after the Easter.

Children provided with nursery day care while parents are at work have been allowed back after classrooms were re-jigged to make the best use of the space available.

Headteacher Sarah Creighton said the community had rallied round to get the school up and running again.

“The response to this has been tremendous - from the council, to parents, staff and the early years service - and thanks to a lot of hard work we were able to re-open the following day,” she said.

“We have moved classrooms around to allow the school to reopen and will have all the pupils back after the Easter holidays.

“A lot of playground equipment was damaged in the fire so parents have been phenomenal and have been bringing in slides and bikes and other toys to replace those we have lost.”