Pupils return to Lancashire school after large fire

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All 700 pupils at a Lancashire school which suffered "devastating damage" in a fire during the summer holidays have returned to lessons at the site.

Pupils at St Mary's Catholic Technology College, in Leyland, have been taught in Preston since the September 1 blaze.

Years seven, 10 and 11 returned to the undamaged classrooms on the site in November. Years eight and nine have now also returned after demolition work.

Headteacher Kathryn McNicholas said it had been an "extraordinary term".

She said: "The students have been quite amazing. During difficult times I've gained enormous strength by looking at how they've effortlessly adapted to enormous changes, and dealt with every new situation with enthusiasm."

Miss McNicholas added the plans for new school buildings will be presented in January, with teachers hoping the buildings will be open by September 2015.

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

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