Coventry & Warwickshire

Nuneaton's Etone school closed after roof tiles blow off

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A school will be closed for repairs after roof tiles blew off in high winds.

Police closed Trent Road and Oaston Road, next to Nuneaton's Etone Community School and Technology College, after some of the tiles landed in the road.

The school said nobody was hurt and children were able to continue "as normal" with lessons.

They said the school was not evacuated but would shut on Friday for repairs.

Head teacher Colin Turner said: "The contractors are on site and are seeking to make repairs but they have to wait until the wind drops below 30mph.

"There has also been other damage around the school so we plan to close to all years, other than Year 11, on Friday to make the necessary repairs."

Mr Turner said the school would reopen on Monday. A parents' evening, due to take place on Thursday, was also cancelled.

He said the school's front entrance and a sports pitch had been closed as a precaution. Pupils had been able to continue as normal with their lessons before leaving via a side door.

Clear debris

Mr Turner said the school, which has 890 pupils aged between 11 and 18, had been open for two years and many of the buildings were quite new.

He said the contractors would investigate why the damage had occurred.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to the school shortly before midday but said strong winds prevented crews from getting near the roof using aerial support equipment.

Image caption One tree fell on a house in Hillfields

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said it was unlikely they would be able to completely clear the debris "until the wind drops".

In Coventry, a spokesperson for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said because of high winds about 20 fallen trees had been reported between 14:00 and 14:30 GMT.

The service said one tree had fallen in Trentham Road, Hillfields, affecting two properties.

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