Thornwell Primary School partly reopens after fire

School on fire Photo: Jack Howes
Image caption Emergency services were alerted to the blaze early on Friday

A Monmouthshire school partly destroyed by fire is reopening to the majority of pupils on Tuesday.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the blaze at Thornwell Primary School in Bulwark, Chepstow, last week.

It is believed the fire, which destroyed the infants building and nursery unit, started in the grounds and spread.

The school reopens to juniors and one infants class on Tuesday, with the rest due to return the following Monday.

Head teacher Linda Davies said: "We're determined to be positive and determined to keep the school family together.

"It's really heart warming with the support we've had and how much we've been able to get ready for the children.

"The support has been incredible."

She said school governors, parents, pupils and council officials had been to the school to give their support.

"They're arranging a number of fundraising activities or have been in contact with their employers to see if they can do collections at work," she said.

Temporary accommodation

Local businesses have also been in touch offering to donate items.

Around 180 of the 320 pupils are back in school on Tuesday.

All junior pupils are returning but most infant classes will be back the following Monday along with the nursery.

Temporary accommodation is being made available.

Full details of when classes are returning are on the Monmouthshire council website.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at around 0100 BST on Friday. Nobody was injured.

The school was closed for half term.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 01633 838111.

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