The fire that broke out at Thornwell Primary School, Chepstow, in the early hours of Friday morning 3rd June completely destroyed the Infant building, which included three classrooms, the nursery unit and Infant hall.
School staff and council officers are working hard to ensure that the school can fully re-open next week. Monmouthshire County Council has carried out air tests at various sites within the boundary of the school and in the Junior school building for dangerous pollutants , and the results of these tests are negative, indicating no danger. An environmental clean has been undertaken to clean up any debris from the burnt building so that the junior pupils will be able to return to school tomorrow, Tuesday 7th June. The school will be able to run some, but not all, of its infant classes from Tuesday, 7th June.
The arrangements are as follows:
Pupils in junior classes will be able to attend school from Tuesday 7th June.
Infant pupils who are in the classes led by the following teachers ONLY will not be able to attend school until Monday 13th June:
Other infant pupils will be able to attend school from Tuesday 7th June.
New temporary accommodation (demountables) for these four classes is scheduled to be on site within the next few days and this will enable all infant children to return to school on Monday 13th June.
Cllr Liz Hacket Pain, Monmouthshire County Council's cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning, said:
"I'm shocked and saddened by the fire at Thornwell Primary School but am relieved that nobody was hurt. It's an awful thing to happen within the community. I have though been inspired by the spirit of the community and governors at the school who rallied round and have done their best to help.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the fire service and the other emergency services. And I would also like to thank the council staff and teachers who also spent much of Friday morning on the scene and worked over the weekend to ensure that the school can re-open on Tuesday."
"A school is far more than bricks and mortar. The hard work and aspirations of the children and their teachers were contained in that building and so much of that has now gone up in smoke. We will build on that great work that has gone before to find new ways and places to teach the children while the damage is repaired. Monmouthshire is a forward looking county. We don't just renew, we improve. We will make good the damage and open a new building to replace the one lost last Friday ."