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'A year' for repairs at fire-hit Bilston school

The fire at Wilkinson Primary School (L) and the RSA Academy (R)
Image caption The fires at both schools are thought to have been started deliberately

Rebuilding a primary school almost completely destroyed by fire could take up to a year, governors have warned.

About 80% of Wilkinson Primary School in Bilston in the Black Country was ruined by the fire on Monday evening. The cause is being investigated.

Governors, staff and local authority officials will meet later to discuss where pupils can be taught in the meantime.

A derelict school building in Tipton was also hit by fire on Monday.

'Push for rebuild'

Crews are looking into possibility that both the fires were started deliberately.

Police said Wilkinson Primary School remained closed to pupils and teachers while the fire service continues damping down and specialist forensic teams complete their work.

Governor Steve Simpkins said he hoped the repairs would happen quickly.

"The governors and local councillors and all the other community (members) will be pushing for this to be rebuilt.

"There's talk of about 12 months to get the school back up and running.

"All I ask is that you come back in nine (months) as I feel we will push for this to be rebuilt as quickly as possible."

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