We have arranged for a temporary building to be installed on the school site, following a fire that destroyed much of the original building, which had five classrooms.
The new temporary school building has six classrooms, offices and group rooms and was built and fitted out in a few weeks. It will be used until a permanent new school can be built.
Councillor Alex Dale, our Cabinet Member for Young People, visited the site just before the pupils returned and said:
“I know how devastated everyone at the school was after the fire, it must have been heart breaking for the staff, pupils and their parents.
“Schools really are at the centre of their communities so it was fantastic to go and see the temporary building that has been installed in such a short space of time.
“I was impressed with the quality of the classrooms and am sure that the students will soon settle down as they return to school for face to face learning.
“We are working really hard on a design for a new permanent school building and are involving the school as our design progresses. We’d expect to be able to submit the design to the planners in the autumn.”
Harrington’s headteacher, Rachael Wilmot, said:
“After the devastating loss of our much loved school, we are delighted to be able to open in September with a new temporary home.
“There has been much work done to ensure this could happen and I am very thankful to all who have worked collectively to achieve this goal in such a short time.
“We were determined to keep all of our pupils together to continue with our Harrington family ethos and I am sure the pupils will enjoy their new school and will quickly adapt to their new surroundings.
“We are all very much looking forward to welcoming the children back on Friday.”
The cost of the temporary school buildings is around £500,000, which will be met by an insurance claim.