Hartlepool headteacher says school is ‘in need of new investment’ after storm blows roof off

Headteacher Mark Tilling with the damaged school roof
Headteacher Mark Tilling with the damaged school roof

HIGH Tunstall College of Science will reopen on Monday following the damage caused by the recent high winds.

Students were sent home from the Elwick Road school on Thursday following major roof damage and it remained closed yesterday.

Headteacher Mark Tilling said: “I would like to thank staff and students for their help and support and also parents for their understanding during the two-day closure.

“We must put the safety of students and staff first and we were left with no other option but to close the school.

“Engineers have now had the opportunity to assess the damage and the building will be made safe so that the school can reopen on Monday.”

Mr Tilling went on to say that if the Coalition Government had not pulled the plug on the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, a replacement school on the existing site would have been completed in just three weeks time.

He commented: “It is a huge disappointment that four years ago we had a date to move into a brand new building in January 2014 under the BSF scheme.

“Since BSF was scrapped the amount of funding from central government to improve school buildings has significantly diminished, and the damage this week clearly demonstrates that our school is in need of new investment.

“The school and its governing body will continue to work with the local authority and other partner agencies in striving to secure additional funding so that we can provide the best possible learning environment for our students to meet the demands of education in the 21st century.”