Lytchett Minster School partially reopens after fire

Lytchett Minster School
Image caption The fire destroyed the arts and theatre block at Lytchett Minster Upper School

A Dorset school which was wrecked by fire has partially reopened.

Part of Lytchett Minster Upper School, near Poole, was destroyed in a blaze on 27 December.

Years 8 to 13 returned to the school on Wednesday morning but lack of space meant Year 7 pupils were told to stay at home.

Year groups will take it in turns to miss lessons because the loss of the arts and theatre block has left the school with a shortage of classrooms.

Students in the upper years preparing for exams will be able to attend every day, the school said.

'Consideration and kindness'

The 1,330-pupil school, which was due to resume classes on Monday, has warned parents that the temporary arrangements may continue until half-term.

Pupils have been set work to complete while they are unable to attend lessons.

A message on the school website said: "Staff at Lytchett Minster School wish to convey their appreciation for the many messages of support and offers of practical help received since the fire.

"Whilst too numerous to respond to individually, we thank you all for your consideration and kindness."

Pupils who lost exam work in the blaze were told by the AQA examination board they would still be awarded grades.

The fire is thought to have been started by a lightning strike.

In 2000 an arson attack destroyed half of the school. It fully reopened in 2009 after a £12m rebuild.

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