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Back to lessons for pupils of fire damaged school

Fire at John Ray Infant School

Pupils from an infant school in Essex destroyed by fire are returning to lessons today.

The John Ray Infant School in Braintree burned down just days before the start of term.

Today Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will be taught at the former site of Takeley Primary School.

Each day coaches will travel the 20 minute distance between John Ray Infant School and the Takeley building.

While the pupils are being taught in Takeley, work will start on furnishing temporary accommodation on the John Ray Junior School site and neighbouring Notley High School land.

It is estimated this work will take two months to complete, with pupils moving back on 4 November. It's hoped John Ray Infant School will be rebuilt by September 2015.

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Temporary relocation set up for school badly damaged by fire

John Ray Infant School badly damaged by fire.

A school in Braintree will relocate to the former site of Takeley Primary School after it was badly damaged by fire on Saturday.

John Ray Infant School will use the building as a temporary solution for pupils and teachers.

It is hoped the Takeley site will be ready for Year 1 and Year 2 children on 18 September, followed by reception age children on the 23 September.

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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