SCHOOL UPDATE: Thomas Clarkson Academy to re-open tomorrow, following Sunday’s flood

THOMAS Clarkson Academy in Wisbech will re-open tomorrow (Wednesday), after severe flooding forced the school to close for two days.

A statement issued by the school today says: “Students should come into school as normal for the usual 8.30am start. Four classrooms and two open areas will remain out of use following flooding, but the rest of the building will be open as normal.”

Principal Clare Claxton said: We will be able to re-open the school on Wednesday thanks to all the hard work of contractors and staff.”

She said the Year 11 parents’ evening will take place as planned tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm.

One of the three main wings of the Thomas Clarkson Academy – recently re built at a cost of �35million - was found to be flooded on Sunday evening, and the clear up took two days.

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The principal used Facebook, text messaging and the school’s own website to alert students to the flooding.

Ms Claxton said it was dark and difficult on Sunday night to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by flooding throughout one of the three school wings.

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On Monday she said there was “loads of activity here with engineers checking and working on faults with our sprinkler system”.

She promised to “try and get school open as quickly as possible”.

The principal said the closure decision was not taken lightly but it was impossible to re-open until the extent of the flooding was known.

She said pupils and staff were quickly made aware of the closure by using the same methods which notify them during bad weather and when the school is forced to close for a time.

On Friday night, the Rotary Club of Wisbech held it’s ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Concert at the Thomas Clarkson Academy.

Chris Mackett, President of the Rotary Club, said: “It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by a large audience, and I am pleased to say that we raised approximately �1000 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice and Hope and Homes for Children. “Whilst we enjoyed all the performances, I would particularly wish to comment on the Thomas Clarkson students who performed: they were a credit to themselves, their families and the Academy.”

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