It will be a full house at Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College next week, as all students are set to return to the fire-ravaged school.
The school’s 700-plus pupils, who have been based at two locations since a blaze destroyed half of their school buildings in September, will all be back at the Royal Avenue site on Monday.
Headteacher Kathy McNicholas is pleased everyone will be back together in time for Christmas
She said: “This has been the most extraordinary term in every sense of the word, and every week has had its highs and lows.
“Christmas is always a spiritual time for us, and this year particularly so. I am relieved and very happy that the whole school community will be back together again.”
Supported by Lancashire County Council, pupils missed only a few days’ schooling despite the devastating effects of the fire, which at its height on September 1 was attended by about 125 firefighters.
Two weeks later, all students started term in empty high school premises on Ribbleton Hall Drive, Preston, and by the end of September, pupils from Years 7, 10 and 11 returned to accommodation in Leyland which had escaped the inferno.
Buses have transported students from Years 8 and 9 to Ribbleton Avenue since then, but classmates will all be reunited this time next week.
Demolition of the fire-damaged buildings has already started, and the three-storey section which is still standing will be taken down during the Christmas break when students are off-site.
By the time they return, the damaged part of the site will all have been levelled.
- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.