School to be rebuilt after destroyed in fire

Harrington Junior School was burnt to the ground in May 2020 Credit: ITV News Central

A school in Derbyshire is to be rebuilt on its former site after it was destroyed in a fire.

Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton burnt to the ground following an accidental fire caused by refurbishment works on Thursday, May 28.

No pupils were at the school when the fire broke out and staff were evacuated safely - two firefighters suffered minor injuries in their efforts to tackle the fire, with 50 involved in total.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in their efforts to tackle the fire Credit: ITV News Central

Earlier this year the council said it had a repair backlog on its schools totalling £150 million but that it was receiving just £7.7 million from central government to support this.

Pupils back in education have now moved to a new base on the school's former grounds - in the sixth form block of neighbouring Wilsthorpe School.

When children return from September, pupils will be taught in temporary classrooms while the work is being done.

From September pupils will be in temporary classrooms why the school is being rebuilt Credit: ITV News Central

The progress regarding the premises feels slow but there are plans in place to have all pupils on site for September. At present, the local authority is working with various companies and the Department for Education to research some options for September. I have asked that all pupils (our new Year 3 and our current pupils) will remain together and that this will be located on our campus.

In the medium term, we hope for all pupils to return to school in September. This will, however, need to be in temporary accommodation. In the long term, Harrington will be re-built and we will have a new school. There is no no time scale for this at present as we are just in the early stages of planning.

Rachael Wilmot, head teacher at Harrington Junior School

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