Top marks for ‘temp’ classes

St Mary's pupils inspect the plans
St Mary's pupils inspect the plans

Parents and neighbours of a Lancashire school devastated by fire were this week shown plans of the site’s temporary accommodation.

Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College was severely damaged in the blaze in September.

But children from years seven, 10 and 11 are now back on site, and it is hoped that all children will be back by Christmas.

Dozens of parents and
carers, along with residents, went to the evening to see images of the temporary buildings and ask questions.

Clare Dixon, whose daughter Meg is in year eight at the school, said she wanted to let the school know that parents were supportive.

She said: “Meg was really upset when it happened, but settled in really well to Ribbleton – it was like business as usual.

“I think, considering it is five weeks since it happened, they’ve done an amazing job

“This feels like it is testament to the ethos of the school and the nurturing of the school.

“It feels like they have come a long way in a short space of time and they’ve got the children’s needs at the heart of everything they do.”

Representitives of Carefoot Plc and architects Cassidy and Ashton were at the site to present the plans and tell parents what had been done so far.

Associate architect Lawrence McBurney said: “We are trying to put the parents’ minds at ease to let them know that things are being done.”

Parent Paula Cribbin said: “I’ve come along because we have a child who is still being affected by what is going on. -

“He’s at the Ribbleton site and we are keen for him to be back with everyone else as soon as possible.

“I want to show our support to the school by being here.

“I think they’ve done an amazing job of getting the children back into education.”

She added: “It’s a no win situation but it’s the best of a bad job and I support them in the way they brought the three years back.

“I just hope they can get the other year groups back as their education is being affected.

“I think there has been some disruption and I think children have been quite unsettled. But the teachers have been trying very hard to care for them in an emotional way.”