Olympic buildings to be used as temporary classrooms at Lytchett Minster School (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Olympic buildings to be used as temporary classrooms at Lytchett Minster School
BUILDINGS used in the 2012 London Olympics are to be transported to Dorset to provide classrooms for a fire-ravaged school.
The specialist accommodation will be a temporary replacement for the art, music and theatre space lost in the blaze, started by a massive lightning strike on the roof of the 10-year-old creative arts block.
Dorset County Council has been working closely with the secondary school and insurance company Zurich to minimise disruption since the December 27 fire.
They have now struck a deal with provider De Boer to install the new temporary facilities, which should be in place by the middle of March.
Cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Toni Coombs said: “We are delighted we have managed to arrange such high quality temporary accommodation so quickly.
“It was a challenge, as such specialist facilities are not widely available. But we will reap the benefits of equipment used during the Olympics, and it looks fantastic.”
Lytchett Minster head teacher Stuart Clark said: "The school is delighted. We are focused on maintaining the highest possible standards of education for our students despite the circumstances and this will help us immensely to achieve that.
“All parties have worked very closely together to achieve a solution that is high quality and extremely quickly implemented.”
Lytchett Minster Cllr Fred Drane said: “I am glad we are moving fast and I hope it continues.”
Equipment, coursework and teaching records on the first floor of the block were destroyed in the fire, and talks have been taking place with examination boards to make sure students’ final grades are not affected.
The current classroom shortage has meant that some pupils are having to work at home on one day a week using the school’s online learning system because of the classroom shortage.
The extent of the demolition work needed on the damaged creative arts block is still being assessed, but the school is hoping it will be rebuilt as it was before the fire.