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Praise for fast work that enables pupils to return to Duxford Primary School after fire




Pupils are returning to fire-hit Duxford Community Primary School after some rapid work to prepare it for the new term.

Suzanne Blackburne-Maze headteacher at Duxford C of E Community Primary School with some the temporary buildings following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell. (41446059)
Suzanne Blackburne-Maze headteacher at Duxford C of E Community Primary School with some the temporary buildings following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell. (41446059)

The school was badly affected by a devastating fire on the evening of July 31, which was tackled by 50 firefighters.

It destroyed the pre-school and out-of-school club, and gutted four classrooms, prompting a major crowdfunding campaign from the community.

The county council has provided three double mobile units, each providing two classroom spaces with cloakrooms and toilets. These provide six high-quality teaching and learning spaces for pupils and staff as they return.

The fire at Duxford C of E Community Primary School on July 31, 2020
The fire at Duxford C of E Community Primary School on July 31, 2020

The remainder of the school, including the Key Stage 2 classrooms, the hall and the kitchen, were intact and made safe.

Key Stage 2 pupils are returning on Monday (September 7), with the other year groups due to return on Thursday (September 10).

Cllr Peter McDonald, the district and county councillor for the area, said: “The speed and commitment to reopening the school by the school and county council team has been deeply impressive.

Suzanne Blackburne-Maze, headteacher at Duxford C of E Community Primary School with some the temporary buildings following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell
Suzanne Blackburne-Maze, headteacher at Duxford C of E Community Primary School with some the temporary buildings following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We are focusing on getting the children back, then will turn to rebulding a great school.”

A police spokesperson told the Cambridge Independent: “Our investigation into the fire continues and we have interviewed two teenage boys as part of our inquiries. We continue to work with the school while our investigation is ongoing.”

No arrests have been made.

The damage after the fire at Duxford Primary School
The damage after the fire at Duxford Primary School

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