Infant school fire

More than 30 firefighters were called to the John Ray Infant School in Braintree after a fire broke out shortly before 5pm yesterday (Saturday).

Parents begin fundraising campaign for fire-ravaged school

Parents of children at a school in Essex which was destroyed by fire over the weekend have started a fundraising campaign to help rebuild it.

The start of term has been delayed for nearly 300 pupils at John Ray Infant School in Braintee because of the blaze.

Essex County Council has pledged to rebuild the school "as soon as possible" and alternative arrangements are being made for children to make sure they do not miss too many lessons.

An investigation into the fire has found it was started accidentally.

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Start of new term delayed by school fire

Essex County Council has said the John Ray Infant School in Braintree will not be open next week after it was destroyed by fire.

Councillors have met to decide on temporary accommodation for the school as soon possible. However, the school will not be able to open on Tuesday September 3 as planned.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "I am very sad for the community as this very fine school has lost its building.

"The school has excellent leadership and I have every confidence that once we can arrange temporary accommodation they will continue to provide very good education.

"I am also immediately looking into plans for a properly rebuilt school and will be working with the school leadership on this."

Headteacher 'shocked and saddened' by school fire

The headteacher of the John Ray Infant School in Braintree has spoken of her shock after her school was burnt down.

Headteacher Sandra Way said: "I was incredibly saddened and shocked by the fire on Saturday and am disappointed that there will be a delay to the start of the new term.

"We will be working closely with the district and county council to ensure we can start the new school year as soon as possible."

Infant school destroyed by fire

Firefighters said they will "salvage what they can" from the remains of an infant school in Essex destroyed by fire.

The John Ray Infant School in Notley Road in Braintree caught fire yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

Around 50 firefighters were involved in the operation to extinguish the blaze.

Crews reported this morning (Sunday) that the blaze was out, but firefighters remained at the scene.

Notley Road has been reopened to traffic.

Senior Divisional Commander Danny Fearn said: "It is likely that the entire infant school building will be destroyed but we have tried to salvage what we can from the building."

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