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Harborne Primary School work to start after fire

Photo of the scene taken by Helen Coy
Image caption The fire took hold in the roof and caused structural damage to the junior school department

Work is due to start at a fire-damaged primary school in Birmingham.

A blaze took hold in the roof of Harborne Primary School in April causing damage to the main hall and classrooms in the junior school area.

Up to 360 junior pupils have been moved temporarily into Harborne Hall, a wedding, hotel and conference centre.

City councillors are due to award the £1.8m rebuilding contract next Thursday to repair classrooms, a hall, computer suite, staff room, toilets and roof.

Work has already taken place to clear debris and secure the damaged property and building work is due to start later this month for estimated completion in April 2012.

Pupils in the infant school were able to return to school in May.

Head teacher Mark Slater said: "Things are virtually back to normal at the infants' school and the juniors are settled and looking forward to the new term and re-establishing a routine."

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