York & North Yorkshire

Burst water pipe closes Scarborough school

Vicky Logan, head teacher of Overdale Community Primary School
Image caption New head teacher Vicky Logan was forced to close Overdale Community Primary School on her first day

A head teacher in North Yorkshire has been forced to close a school after a burst water pipe caused the ceiling to collapse.

Vicky Logan, from Overdale Community Primary School in Scarborough, said the ceiling had collapsed overnight, damaging two classrooms.

She said: "We can't function as a school without water or power."

North Yorkshire County Council said more than 100 schools had been affected by burst pipes with some closing.

Overdale Community Primary School was due to reopen on Tuesday - Ms Logan's first day as its new head teacher - following the Christmas break.

Ms Logan said the water pipe had burst despite the school leaving the heating on throughout the holidays and checking the building each day.

"It's extremely difficult," she said. "We've got a system that's unreliable at the moment, we've got electricity that's not available and this means we can't function."

North Yorkshire County Council said more than 100 schools had been affected by burst water pipes.

It has published a list of school closures on its website, with some schools not expected to open until 10 January.

The council said: "Six schools will be unable to welcome pupils back on Tuesday and a further 30 schools where pupils were due to return on Wednesday may remain closed."

City of York Council said it had not been notified of any school closures.

Yorkshire Water said it repaired 130 burst water mains on Monday and was expecting a similar number on Tuesday.

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