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Pupils whose Middlesbrough school has been forced to close following a fire will continue their lessons this week… in seven local teaching establishments.

A fire broke out last Thursday (March 30) at Pennyman Primary Academy in Netherfields, resulting in the evacuation of around 20 children who were attending a breakfast club and a small number of the school’s staff.

Although the fire was quickly extinguished by fire fighters, the school has been left without power, whilst a deep clean is being carried out due to the effects of smoke damage.

Although none of the classrooms were affected, the caretaker’s office and the area close to where the fire broke out has been badly damaged.

The school was closed on Thursday and Friday and will not be ready to open until after the forthcoming Easter break.

However, around 400 pupils will return to the classroom this Monday (April 3) after a number of local schools came to the rescue with offers of support.

Pennyman’s Year 6 pupils will be taught in the school’s own teaching school on the same site, while Year 5 children will be taught at Ormesby Secondary School.

Pupils from Year 4 will attend the Inspire to Learn facility, while those from Year 3 will be taught at Pallister Park Primary School.

Year 2 pupils will attend Caldicotes Primary Academy, while reception and Year 1 will attend Brambles Primary Academy.  

All those who normally attend Pennyman’s unit for special educational needs will attend Priory Woods School. Pennyman’s nursery will be closed until after the Easter break.

All the pupils will be taught by their usual Pennyman teaching staff. Parents and carers are asked to bring their children to school for the usual start time. Registration will be taken in their usual playgrounds, with pupils lining up their normal class groups before being bused to the various schools.

Head teacher Katrina Morley said: “We’re extremely grateful to the local schools for their support in helping to ensure the children of Pennyman continue to receive the best education possible.

“We thank all parents and carers for their cooperation during this challenging time, and look forward to getting everyone back to normality after the Easter break.”

Pennyman is part of the multi-academy trust Tees Valley Education, which also includes Brambles and Dormanstown primary academies.

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