PUPILS at a primary school that was thrown into chaos by floods are settling back into their newly-refurbished classrooms.
Brougham Primary School, in Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, had to close for a week in January after burst pipes and a crumbling ceiling caused flooding four-inches deep.
The flooding on January 4, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to furniture and carpets, had been caused by the big thaw after winter’s extreme weather conditions.
Since January 9, the pupils have been taught in temporary spaces, including the school’s sports hall and community room and even in the nursery at the nearby St Oswald’s Church.
But yesterday the youngsters were getting back to normality after their refurbished classrooms were opened up.
Deputy headteacher Sue Clarke said: “From something as devastating as losing 60 per cent of the school, we have got back not only what we had, but in some cases better.
“But in the meantime, there has been a lot of disruption for the children and parents and staff. “We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped.”
Children returned to school at 8.45am yesterday to classrooms containing new carpets, freshly-painted walls, new blinds and in some cases, brand new furniture.
Miss Clarke said even though the damage was covered by insurance, kind-hearted members of the community had rallied round to donate hundreds of pounds towards extra equipment.
“Even though we made it clear we were covered by insurance, the community wanted to feel that they contributed,” added Miss Clarke.
“An awful lot of work had to be done in order to protect the children’s education.
“Disruption had to be as minimal as humanly possible through the upheaval.
“We had an assembly yesterday and the children are over the moon with the new areas.
“I’d like to say thanks to the parents, children and community for really pulling together.
“When it first happened, Reverend Graeme Buttery’s wife, Jill, made a pan of soup and brought it down and staff have moved resources from place to place. “It has been a very busy two months, but in the end the results are fantastic.”