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Cromwell High School: Pupils at fire-damaged school given temporary home

Fire scene Dukinfield Image copyright GMFRS
Image caption The fire caused "extensive" damage to parts of the building, staff said

Pupils and staff at a school which recently suffered extensive fire damage have been given a temporary new base.

Large parts of Cromwell High School in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, were affected in Friday's arson attack committed by three boys.

Alternative classroom space is being made available at the Inspire Academy in nearby Ashton-under-Lyne.

Some pupils are due to start there from Monday, with the remainder all starting by Wednesday, Tameside Council said.

Cromwell High pupils who needed hydrotherapy sessions will get them at Samuel Laycock School in Ashton-under-Lyne, it added.

Two 14-year-old boys and one 15-year-old pleaded guilty to arson with intent to danger life at Tameside Youth Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced on 10 May.

A statement on the school website said: "This is a major challenge for our school community but we will overcome it through our shared commitment to our pupils."

Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Tameside Council said the school would remain closed for the rest of the school year

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