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Rotherham school closed after asbestos find

A South Yorkshire primary school has been closed temporarily after asbestos was found in part of the building.

The asbestos was found at Whiston Junior School, Rotherham, on Thursday as work was carried out before refurbishment over the Easter holidays.

The school would remain closed until after Easter while the asbestos is cleared, Rotherham Council said.

Head teacher Jackie Williams said initial tests had not revealed any health risk to children or teachers.

"Further tests and work will be completed to ensure that the refurbishment work can continue safely for all concerned," she said.

'Immediate action'

Mrs Williams added that the decision to close the school had "not been taken lightly", but that the safety and well-being of staff, pupils and visitors was "always our first priority".

While the clean-up work is carried out, year six pupils from the school would be taught at Whiston Worrygoose School, Rotherham Council confirmed.

Other year groups would have lessons at the Magna Science and Adventure Centre, with arrangements made to transport pupils.

Joyce Thacker, Strategic Director of children and young people's services at Rotherham Council, said: "The council does have monitoring procedures in place for its public buildings, including schools, and it is through this work that the issue has been identified and action taken immediately."

The school is expected to re-open fully after the Easter holidays on Monday, 16 April.

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