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Temporary relocation set up for school badly damaged by fire

John Ray Infant 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.

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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."

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