Dwr y Felin Comprehensive School in Neath has been forced to close to pupils in years 7 and 8 on Monday 5th March after a major water leak from burst pipes caused extensive damage over the weekend. Pupils in years 9 through to 11 should attend school as usual on Monday.
The incident happened in Block B, the old Grammar School, affecting 8 classrooms, the gymnasium, circulation corridors, toilets, offices and a storeroom over two floors.
Leader of the Council, Cllr. Rob Jones said:
“Despite another excellent response from council teams across Education, Environment and Building Services to clean up and carry out repairs over the weekend, the damage is such that the school cannot be fully opened on Monday.”
The full extent of the damage is still being assessed and the emergency response is continuing to minimise loss, clean up and return to normality at the earliest opportunity. Parents have been informed of the closure via the school’s SMS messaging service, the website and social media.
Head Teacher, Mrs. Handley said:
“With less than 4 teaching weeks to go until some pupils begin their GCSEs, we are doing absolutely everything we can to enable all pupils to return to school and continue with their studies as soon as possible.
“The safety of pupils and staff is our priority and we are setting up temporary classrooms in the library, theatre and other areas so that year 7 and 8 pupils can return to school on Tuesday.
“We are making every effort to ensure a return to normality at the earliest opportunity.”
Up to date information can be found on the school’s website www.dwryfelinschool.org, Facebook @dwryfelinschool and Twitter @dwryfelin accounts.