Back to normal for pupils at flood-hit city high school

Pupils are back at Christ the King Catholic High School after it was closed for a week due to flooding.  Pictured is headteacher Damien Callagher with pupils Jodie Harrison, Lorell Riley, Denisa Iftema, Evelina Simkus, Ali Rehman and Mohammed Waheed.
Pupils are back at Christ the King Catholic High School after it was closed for a week due to flooding. Pictured is headteacher Damien Callagher with pupils Jodie Harrison, Lorell Riley, Denisa Iftema, Evelina Simkus, Ali Rehman and Mohammed Waheed.
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Youngsters at a flood-hit school have returned to their studies for the fist time since the Christmas holidays.

Christ the King Catholic High School in Preston remained closed all last week, following the deluge caused by Storm Eva.

The Lawrence Avenue school in Frenchwood saw flooding underneath the floors, after the storm caused major disruption across the county and beyond.

Headteacher Damien Callagher said pupils and parents had been understanding about the problems, and said he was “delighted” to get back to normal yesterday.

He said: “The problem was, and old cellar had filled up and water had got into the ducting that goes underneath the school.”

Mr Callagher said nothing had been damaged, but said: “It was cleaning work that needed doing to clean out the ducting that runs under the school, because they were full of water. It’s a channel that runs underneath the corridor that carries pipe work.”

He said staff were “always hopeful” the school would be able to reopen yesterday, and said everybody had been supportive while the building was closed.

He said: “Everything is back to normal now. Everyone has been understanding.

“We had Year 11 in to get their mock exam results on Friday and everyone has been very supportive and understanding.

“Everything is back to normal now, I’m delighted.

“Everything is back up and running and we are just trying to catch up.”

Mr Callagher said staff went to the school on December 27, after Storm Eva hit the region on Boxing Day.

He said: “The cellar was flooded out then so we knew there was potentially going to be a problem.

“We were very grateful it hadn’t damaged the rest of the school”.

Fire fighters from Preston were called to the school at about 6pm on December 27, following reports of flooding in a boiler room in the basement.

A message on the school’s website said the school would reopen yesterday for all students, and said: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for the start of the new term.”