Flood-hit school pupils adjust to new surroundings

Martha and Abbie Cornthwaite rescue their nativity costumes from St Michaels on Wyre CE Primary School after Storm Desmond caused flooding in the area
Martha and Abbie Cornthwaite rescue their nativity costumes from St Michaels on Wyre CE Primary School after Storm Desmond caused flooding in the area

Youngsters from a village school are getting a taste of college life.

St Michael’s on Wyre CE Primary School, which was flooded during the pre-Christmas December storms, was given a temporary home at Myerscough College.

The school has been closed since the Christmas term and staff and pupils are now settling into a temporary at the college’s Bilsborrow campus.

Cathy Brough, headteacher of the village school, said: “It’s going well, so far. The children and staff have enjoyed being together again as a school.

“We are gradually getting used to new routines and exploring our new premises.

“Staff and volunteers worked hard last week to set up the new classrooms so thanks to all who helped and those who provided transport.

“There was a large amount of furniture and equipment to move and we managed it in a short space of time.

“The classrooms are spacious and well presented. I am very grateful to the staff of Myerscough for their co-operation and support, and to other local people who have made generous offers to help.

“We have been praised for managing to stay open at all during this time.”

The site includes a number of portable cabins which are being used as classrooms and offices, as well as a play area.

The school will also use the college’s café at mealtimes and the main sport centre for PE.

Staff and pupils will be housed there for the next few months while repairs are carried out at the school in Hall Lane.

Ann Turner, principal of Myerscough College, said: “We offered to temporarily house the school while their original building dries out and is repaired.

“We felt that we had to help our neighbours in their time of need and look forward to them being with us.”