Arrangements are being made for Cromwell High pupils to move to an alternative location for the rest of the summer term following a serious fire at the Dukinfield school last Friday (15 April).
Head teacher Andrew Foord and Council officers are currently looking at possible temporary sites and have confirmed all the pupils and staff will remain together to cause the minimum disruption to the children’s education, stability and routine.
In the meantime the school – which is a special school for pupils with severe learning disabilities - has been liaising directly with all parents and a package of care, with one to one support for families, has already been put in place for pupils this week.
The extent of the damage of the fire is still being assessed but it not expected the school will reopen at its normal site in Yew Tree Lane before September.
Andrew Foord said: “The particular nature of Cromwell and the school community makes these recent events especially traumatic. This is a school where the parents, carers, teachers and TAs, non-teaching staff and governors meet each other on a day-to-day basis. We have been greatly touched by the commitment, dedication and bravery of all those who have worked over the weekend – from the emergency services to the school and Council staff. We would also like to thank the wider community for their warm messages of support.
“There will be the need for a sizeable collective effort to return things to normal for the young people and staff at Cromwell but, if the past few days have been anything to go by, this will bring out the very best of the people in Tameside.
“We are liaising directly with parents and have already put measures in place to cause the least possible disruption to our pupils. We hope to get an alternative venue up and running as soon as possible and will keep families directly updated.”
The neighbouring Astley Sports College, Oakdale Primary, St. Mary’s RC Primary and Yew Tree Primary schools were all unaffected by the fire.