Sherburn High School to reopen tomorrow following fire

Sherburn High School will reopen to students tomorrow following a fire at the school earlier this week.

Sherburn High School head teacher praises generosity and support of local community.

Fire crews contained the fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The school’s gym and changing rooms suffered extensive damage with teaching and administrative areas largely saved. Nobody was hurt in the blaze and no student work was lost.

North Yorkshire Police has launched an investigation into the fire with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

School staff returned to the school yesterday preparing for students to return and working with North Yorkshire County Council staff on the clean-up operation.

Maria Williams, Sherburn’s head teacher, praised the local community for its generosity and support throughout the week. She said: “The support from the local community continues to be phenomenal. Friends of Sherburn High School (FOSH) have set up a Go Fund Me fundraiser in response to all the generous offers of donations.

“We're incredibly proud to be part of #TeamSherburn and this wonderful community and look forward to having our students back tomorrow.”

Year 6 pupils from local primary schools, who usually spend the last three weeks of the summer term in Sherburn High to get accustomed to life in a secondary school, returned to their primary schools after the fire. They will remain in their primary schools tomorrow and will be updated about further arrangements in due course.

Mrs Williams said: “This has been a very difficult time but everybody has pulled together. We are looking forward to getting on with teaching and learning and with all the exciting things we have lined up for the end of term, including our theatre production and overseas residential trips.

“We’re pleased to say that students can continue to wear their summer uniform of polo shirts in house colours but with shorts or tracksuit bottoms. This will allow PE lessons to continue as normal.”

County councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools said: “It’s great Sherburn High can get back to business-as-usual tomorrow. The school’s leadership team and staff, along with county council staff, have worked incredibly hard on the clean-up operation and to reorganise teaching and learning areas to accommodate all students. This is a school with a great community and dedicated staff that have risen to the challenge.”.

This story was published 5 July 2018