School moves to wildlife park

Contributed by editor on Sep 15, 2006 - 04:10 PM


The 230 pupils left without a school after it was destroyed by fire o­n Wednesday (13 September) are to be given temporary accommodation at the Mansion House at Port Lympne Wildlife Park.

Area education officer David Adams said: "The kind offer from Port Lympne means we can get children back into education quickly.

The pupils from Lympne Church of England  Primary School are expected to be there for a week while arrangements are made for their move to St. Mary's Westbrook School in Ravenlea Road, Folkestone.

The former independent school in the town is owned by erstwhile Saga boss Roger De Haan's Foundation.

Parents were told the news o­n Friday (15 September) at a meeting with KCC education bosses, who have pledged to keep the pupils and teachers together until the school is rebuilt.

The staff and pupils will be moving into the school until the new building is completed. Kent County Council (KCC) have estimated the it could be ready in 18months.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was being investigated but crews at the scene believed it may have started in a light fitting.