Fire damaged school open today thanks to ‘huge clean up effort’

The cuts were agreed by West Sussex County Council last October
The cuts were agreed by West Sussex County Council last October

Pre-prep school pupils returned to Westbourne House School today after a fire destroyed half a school building roof.

‘A huge clean up and restoration effort’ has taken place since a fire in the pre-prep school last Tuesday night, January 27, which was caused by an electrical fault.

Headmaster Martin Barker said the staff and tradesmen worked hard to clear up the debris so the other half of the building could be used again.

He said: “A huge clean up and restoration effort has taken place in the few days since the fire, such that we are able to resume classes for all children.

“For the next week classes will be reallocated in the remaining space and other areas on the school site, and then two classes will be housed in portable classrooms after half term.

“The remainder of the roof on the left side of the building will be demolished shortly and then the rebuilding will be subject to tender. This is likely to be finished at some stage during the summer.

“A fantastic community effort involving our own staff and local tradesmen has meant that we have been able to open again so quickly and with minimal disruption.”