School shut after asbestos discovery

CHILDREN at a South Yorkshire school will have to start term at other places after asbestos was found by workmen.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 11:37 am

The workmen were carrying out repairs and renovations at Thorpe Hesley Junior School in Rotherham when they discovered the dangerous material under floorboards.

Now a specialist team will have to go in and remove the potentially deadly material before the kids can go back to lessons.

Work is expected to take several weeks and education chiefs are now in the process of finding places for the 150 pupils in other schools across the borough. They are trying to find the most convenient schools for parents to take their children.

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There will be a meeting for parents and pupils in an unaffected part of the school premises today at 4.30pm when they will be informed about what is happening.

In the past, the opening of several schools has had to be delayed after asbestos has been found.

Asbestos is causing more and more deaths as workers exposed to asbestos in the 1960s, 70s and 80s become ill.