A village primary school has been devastated by severe flooding, with some children having to be transported to a sister school in Melton until the end of term while repairs are carried out.
Torrential rain on Tuesday (June 14) led to water flooding into classrooms and the library at Ab Kettleby Primary School, causing extensive damage to flooring and furniture and forcing the main school building to close.
The surge of water also destroyed the school’s outdoor trim trail, with expensive bark being washed away into the village.
Thankfully arrangements were quickly put in place to relocate most of the pupils to Melton’s Brownlow School while the damage was assessed and for the big clean up to begin.
Both Ab Kettleby Primary and Brownlow School are part of the Mowbray Education Trust which has meant the affected pupils have been able to continue their education by being transported by coach to Brownlow.
Meanwhile Ab Kettleby Primary Early Years Foundation Stage, Year One and Year Two pupils have been able to carry on having lessons in the school hall and the office which were unaffected by the floods.
A spokeswoman for the Mowbray Education Trust said: “Due to the level of damage and repair work required the main part of school will not be open for the remainder of this term. Current arrangements will stay in place until the end of term on July 15.
“The sense of community spirit and willingness to support one another has turned a difficult situation into a positive example of team work across the Mowbray Education Trust.
“The children from Ab Kettleby Primary School are really enjoying their time at Brownlow Primary School. They have their own set of designated classrooms so they can be taught as they would have done in their own building, but they have the added bonus of 600 new friends to make.
“The children have taken the changes in their stride and the whole experience has been a great opportunity for those from both schools to feel part of a wider community and it is great to see them all socialising together at breaks.”
Ab Kettleby Primary School headteacher Ian Toon added: “All the children and teachers from the school have been made to feel so welcome by everyone at Brownlow Primary School.
“Even though the location has changed for these children all people involved in the school have continued as they always have. Children are still getting a sports, music and language provision because everyone has pulled together to make sure it can still happen. It has not only turned into a great opportunity for the children to meet new people, but the staff are also enjoying meeting several new colleagues and having the opportunities to share ideas.
“Being part of the Mowbray Education Trust has meant that we’ve been able to continue delivering education for all of our children until the end of term while the repairs are taking place. I would like to thank not only all of the staff and children in both schools for working together to make this transition a success, but also everyone in the community for the numerous offers of help and cards that we have received.”
The Venue in Melton - a unique facility based at Phoenix House on Nottingham Road that provides activities, entertainment and a safe space for young people - remains closed after a burst pipe flooded the ground floor of the building.
A big thank you goes to the Melton Learning Hub staff and students and others for all the hard work they have done to help get the project back on its feet. For updates visit https://www.facebook.com/thevenuemelton/