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Tireless work to open school on time

Work gets underway on the roof at Hayfield school, Auckley, after it was ripped off in gale force winds. Picture: Marie Caley D1002MC

Work gets underway on the roof at Hayfield school, Auckley, after it was ripped off in gale force winds. Picture: Marie Caley D1002MC

Students and staff finally returned to the classroom this week after storms ripped off their school roof in the run-up to Christmas.

The Hayfield School in Auckley took the brunt of 90mph winds which hit Britain on December 5, meaning 700 of the 1,100 pupils had to break up for the festive holiday a fortnight early.

Headteacher Maria Rock said repair teams had worked tirelessly, having only Christmas and New Year’s Day off, to make sure the school could return as planned on Monday.

She said: “There has been an extensive work programme being carried out by contractors. There were 26 classrooms in the affected areas. We have replaced all the lighting because there was a health and safety risk with the electrics.”

The school now has a temporary roof while the tender for the permanent one is complete. The permanent roof will go over the temporary one, to stop any further disruption.

 

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