I had a friend who was in attendance with the Salvation Army providing refreshments to Firefighters and managed to get a few photos here, it takes hold so quick looking at the images, never seen something develop quick for such a long time.
All what has been said above will have affected how quick it spread, fresh paint, new insulation, windows and doors open. The main thing is no one was hurt, 2 people have been caught, things could of been a lot worse.
Sadly its the time of year when you get these with kids not wanting to start back.
What actually happens to school staff's jobs in a situation like this? Are they now unemployed or does "someone" continue to pay them some sort of retainer while the school is rebuilt so they don't have to hire all new staff as well?
I do hope that things get sorted out quickly and we are all thinking of everyone involved, particularly the IT crew
Staff will be maintained, there will be some furious work going on and pupils will temporarily probably be sharing space with other organisations. the pupils still require 190days of lessons.
Work will take place to quickly bring all students and staff back together ( masses of temporary classrooms will already be on the agenda. )
All in all it will be a staged approach to minimise disruption and get back into a new building, but it wont hang arround.
We had our ould building flooded by a 1000 year flood in 2k5 which wiped out 90% of our ground floor facility ( probably 40% of our total teaching space. We had 70% students back in two days later and 100% within 7 days. but it was 9 months till we had finished and got sorted properly.
Cheers for the info, it's something I'd wondered for a while.
I doubt there'll be any pupils in at all in this case though...
Remember when my dad used to teach, he went through a similar thing in '95 when Crofton high was pretty much destroyed (History of the School) - not much IT to recover but we went to the other local schools begging old Geography books! Horrible thing to happen, and so difficult to recover from. The school I went to (outwood grange) also had a major fire - the remnant of which was a plexiglass "bubble" through which you walked to get between buildings. The idea being, if one building caught, the bubble would melt, and the fire couldn't spread. I presume it's still there...
We saw the smoke plume form about 15 miles away on the M6 coming back from Mintfest in Kendal on Sunday. It was so large we though it was clouds!
I can confirm the plexi glass bubble isn't there any more, that area was rebulit in 2002 ish, the plexiglass is now a corridor, and ironically that area is down the corridor from the server room and in the middle of 4 ICT suites so if there were to be a fire, short of it being in the science block (which used to be there but is now compeltely separate, which is perhaps why they could remove the bubble), it would probably be there. The bubble wasn't really fit for purpose as it was about 2/3 the size of a normal corridor and connected the two main parts of the biggest building (built as a bridge between the first floor of each building). It meant that people used to get a little bit stuck in there, it was a bit of a bottle neck most of the time. Since then, the rest of the school has grown massively and it's still one of the biggest in the UK in terms of land and space, so that's only one very small section of a much bigger picture now.
tom_newton (3rd September 2013)
Thanks - good to hear about the old place - must have changed a heck of a lot since I was a pupil in the early 90s. If you ever get a Smoothwall onsite I will have to come and do the install
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