Work underway to build school after it was destroyed in fire

Work to rebuild a school that was completely destroyed in a raging fire is underway.

Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton burnt to the ground following an accidental fire caused by refurbishment works on Thursday, May 28.

Fire crews from three counties attempted to extinguish the blaze, with thick black smoke seen from miles away and large flames engulfing the building.

Luckily no pupils were in school when the fire broke out. A small number of staff were evacuated who were cleaning it in preparation for children returning.

A temporary school is now being built at the site, with work starting on July 29.

It will be located on the playground, with extra space being accessed for play.

A statement on the school’s website said: “Finally we can release the news about our temporary school. The building has been signed off and the foundation has been laid at the end of last week. After some work regarding the access for services such as water, we are due to take arrival of the building today.

“The day began early with the building crew on site and the crane arriving at 7:30am. This will lift the sections of the school into place.

“I will be taking photographs throughout the day so you can see the progress.

“Please do not attempt to come onto campus as the drive needs to be accessible at all times and the site is now a building site and therefore unsafe for authorised people.

“Building site and therefore unsafe for unauthorised people.

Images show the fire burning at Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton (Image: Marie Wilson / Nottingham Post)

“Your co-operation is appreciated.

“Throughout the morning, sections of the building have been arriving. 

“Carefully they are unloaded and craned into position.

“The temporary school will be located on the playground, with additional space being accessed for play.”

Nottinghamshire Live previously reported how, in a letter to her pupils, headteacher Mrs Rachael Wilmot said “I hope that you will keep your fond memories of Harrington – I have bought some books for you to write your memories.”

She also explained how she is working with authorities looking at getting the school rebuilt.

Staff and key workers’ children had moved further down Derby Road to the Family Centre – near West Park in Long Eaton.

Mrs Wilmot wrote: “The memories I have are very special – from social events, funny moments and special times….all of these live on.

“I was very, very sad about the fire, but I know that we have such fantastic children and staff at Harrington that it will not be long before we are all back, building a new future, a new school and lots of new memories together.”


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