Tayside and Central Scotland

Lesson plan agreed after Plean school blaze

East Plean Primary School
Image caption Much of the school's roof was destroyed in the blaze

Parents of pupils at a Stirlingshire primary school which was decimated by fire have given their backing for lessons to be held in Raploch.

East Plean Primary School's 153 pupils will travel six miles to the Raploch campus until January next year.

Stirling Council said it then planned to construct a temporary teaching village in Plean to house pupils until the old school building was reopened.

A spokeswoman warned the process could take at least 18 months.

A teenager has been charged in connection with the fire, which happened on Saturday.

Forty firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which broke out at about 2000 GMT.

The fire was brought under control early on Sunday morning but the 19th Century school was badly damaged. Much of the roof was destroyed in the blaze.

Stirling Council said structural engineers had visited the site to assess what could be done to save the school and adjoining nursery.

Initial findings have shown structural fire damage to be restricted to the central part of the school, which is considered structurally unsound.

Other areas have also been affected by water penetration and there are fears there could be concealed structural damage.

Free transport

Until a permanent solution is found, the 40 children attending the school's nursery will be accommodated at the village's Balfour Centre.

Jacqueline Adamson, treasurer with the school's parent council, said parents were "delighted" that pupils would be kept together and not split among other locals schools as was first feared.

She said: "On Sunday the parents were really concerned that this was going to take weeks to resolve.

"There was a lot of anger about what had happened at the school but the community has just really come together.

"Staff have been driving round telling parents what the new arrangements are and people have just been donating money to re-equip the school or help the pupils if they need it."

Free transport from East Plean school to the Raploch Community Campus will be provided by the council.

On Tuesday, 17-year-old Andrew Stretton, from Plean, appeared in court in connection with the fire.

He is accused of wilfully setting fire to a cardboard box in a shed adjacent to the school, which then spread to the main building.

No-one was injured in the blaze.

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