Mass for fire school

A mass is being held for a school in Lancashire destroyed by fire. Dozens of firefighters are still tackling damping down at St Mary's Technology college in Leyland which was due to open today.

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Headteacher thanks emergency services

On behalf of all pupils and staff at Leyland St Mary’s I would like to thank the Emergency Services and the local community for their help and support following the fire that occurred on Sunday evening.

We are now working closely with Lancashire County Council and Liverpool Archdiocese to define a full response plan.

Whilst the fire has caused significant damage we are determined to get the school and lessons up and running as soon as possible.

Please can parents make arrangements to keep all pupils at home for the remainder of this week as we have been advised that school will not be accessible.

– Miss K McNicholas Headteacher

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Lancashire County Council school fire statement

I know that the whole school community is deeply shocked and saddened by this incident, and that parents and pupils will be feeling worried and anxious about what happens next.

The school site is still under the control of the Fire Service, so we do not yet have the access we need to make a full assessment of the damage.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this is bound to cause, but this is a very difficult situation and we would ask everyone to please bear with us.

"The school and the county council are working closely together to get the school up-and-running again as soon as possible.

– County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson

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Fire at St Mary's Technology College, Leyland Credit: Dave Wilson, Lancashire Photography
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Firefighter tackles huge blaze at school in Leyland Credit: Dave Wilson, Lancashire Photography
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Smoke engulfed firefighters at school fire Credit: Dave Wilson, Lancashire Photography
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Investigations continue into fire believed to be suspicious Credit: Dave Wilson, Lancashire Photography
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