Lancashire

St Mary's fire: Pupils back to school away from Leyland

Fire at St Mary's College Leyland
The fire broke out two days before pupils were due to return to school

Pupils at a fire-damaged school in Lancashire are starting their term at another school building, two weeks after a fire gutted their own premises.

Children from St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland will be taught at the former site of Ribbleton Hall High in Preston, until January.

The school authorities say it will "allow more time to prepare" the fire-damaged site.

Pupils will be taken by a free bus from Leyland to Preston.

It is hoped they will be able to move back after the Christmas holidays.

Head teacher Kathryn McNicholas has called the move a "blessing" as it allows all staff and pupils to stay together on one site.

Five boys, aged 11 to 15, were arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed.

The fire broke out two days before pupils were due to return to school for the new term.

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