Heating problems cause delays at school in Gainsborough

Pupils with special needs are facing delays returning to a Lincolnshire school because of heating problems.

Warren Wood Community School in Gainsborough opened in September but closed three months later when the heating broke down before Christmas.

The system has not been fixed yet so about 50 children will have lessons at the nearby Aegir Community School.

The contractors involved said they were working hard to resolve the last few issues as soon as possible.

'Absolute priority'

They said they had experienced a number of mechanical issues with the commissioning of the heating and hot water at the school, which were exacerbated by the extreme and adverse weather conditions at the end of last year.

Lincolnshire County Council's assistant director of education Debbie Barnes said: "We want to make sure that we're 100% confident that the heating will work, it will stand up to extreme temperatures before we place children back in there.

"It's an absolute priority that children are safe and warm when they're educated."

She said the matter was to due be discussed at a meeting this week.

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