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Flood-hit Welshpool High School fully reopens

A secondary school in Powys has fully reopened to pupils after being extensively damaged by flooding.

Hundreds of pupils were unable to attend Welshpool High School after water pipes, tanks and radiators burst in freezing conditions over Christmas.

The school was shut to 950 children last Wednesday as term began, with only A-level students allowed to return. Year 11 pupils were back last Friday.

Asbestos found in a kitchen ceiling was removed last weekend.

Head teacher Jim Toal said last week the flooding was discovered on New Year's Eve.

A theatre, two gymnasiums and a science were affected and also the school kitchen.

Damage to the kitchen ceiling led to concerns about brown asbestos, and an air test was carried out.

Meanwhile, GCSE year 11 pupils were asked to bring a packed lunch until the school kitchen was given the all clear.

Chair of governors Graham Lewis said: "The offending asbestos ceiling has now been removed by specialist contractors over last weekend, which has given us limited access to the kitchen whilst a new ceiling is installed.

"This will permit us to bring all pupils back into school and provide them with a limited lunchtime menu until such time we have full access to the canteen which we are hoping will be Monday."

Mr Toal said workers from Powys council and other contractors cleaned up the damage, and a specialist team was hired to work with the asbestos.

The cost is not known but it is thought to run into tens of thousands of pounds.

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