St Mary's Technology College in Leyland was due to re-open tomorrow after the summer break.
Kathy MacNicholas is head of St Mary's Catholic Technology college in Leyland
– Miss K McNicholas Headteacher
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.
– County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
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.
The boys, aged between 11 and 15, were released on police bail until 30 September after being held on suspicion of arson. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 125 firefighters and 20 engines were involved in tackling the blaze.