Students return to Doncaster school which lost its roof

The Hayfield School pictured shortly after the gales hit.
The Hayfield School pictured shortly after the gales hit.

Students and staff finally returned to the classroom today after storms ripped off their school roof in the run up to Christmas.

The Hayfield School in Auckley took the brunt of the 90mph winds which hit Britain on December 5, meaning 700 of the 1,100 pupils had to break up for the festive holiday a fortnight early.

Headteacher Ms Maria Rock said teams had worked tirelessly, only having Christmas and New Year’s Day off, to make sure the school could return as planned today (Monday).

She said: “We had a partial closure when it happened, and we were only open to key exam groups, that’s just 400 students.

“Thankfully we opened very quickly after the incident and re time-tabled lessons in the parts that weren’t affected.

“Since then there has been an extensive work programmes being carried out by contractors working with our site team over the Christmas period.

“There were 26 classrooms in the affected areas and we had no electricty on the first and second floors.

“We had to replace all the lighting because there was a health and safety risk with the electrics.”

The school was able to return as normal after the festive break on Monday as a temporary roof has now been put in place, which took two teams five days to erect.

This will remain in place until the permanent roof, work on which has now gone on to tender, is put up.

Ms Rock said: “The permanent roof will go on top of the temporary roof so there will be no more disruption.

“A huge thank you to the contactors that worked tirelessly over the holidays. Also to the parents and the wider community who offered support and to come in and help out. It’s been tremendous and I’ve been very touched by it, everyone has been very thoughtful.”

She added: “All areas of the school are fully operational and have been refurbished to a high standard. The temporary roof has shown itself to be watertight .

“It is a huge relief to have succeeded in completing the significant repairs which were required in such a short period of time.”