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Monday, January 10, 2011

Broken Pipe Extends School Break

HUNDREDS of school children were expecting to get back to school after the Christmas break today.

But many others were still enjoying their extended break after frozen pipes caused flooding and heating loss at several Kirklees schools.

Children at Cowlersley Primary School, who were off yesterday, and Almondbury Infants School have already been told the schools will be closed tomorrow.

Staff at Holmfirth Junior, Infant and Nursery School spent yesterday mopping up to try to ensure the school could re-open today.

Head teacher Chris Cocker said pipes had burst at the school on Christmas Eve, causing flooding and several ceilings to collapse.

But she praised workmen who had been on site during the holidays dealing with the problem.

“We can’t complain. They’ve done a marvellous job.

“There have been plumbers and electricians on site during the holidays with dehumidifiers trying to dry everything out. “We had a training day on Tuesday but yesterday just wasn’t suitable for the children to come back.

“We are hoping to reopen on Thursday,” she said.

Flooding and problems with boilers and heating systems meant Birkdale High School remained closed yesterday.

Norristhorpe Junior and Infants in Liversedge, St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Batley were also closed.

Early years pupils at Field Lane JIN in Batley were told to stay at home again because of water damage caused by a broken pipe.

A spokesman from Kirklees Council said that engineers had been working flat out to fix leaks and get boilers up and running again.

Several schools in the Newsome and Crosland Moor areas also experienced power cuts yesterday with Berry Brow Infant and Nursery School and Moor End Technology College all experiencing short interruptions to supply. 

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