Pupils in Newcastle forced to move after roof collapse

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Milecastle school roof
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The school was closed due to the severe weather at the time of the collapse

Pupils from a Newcastle primary school are being forced to move to another building after snow made their main hall roof collapse.

From 6 January the 250 children from Milecastle school will be taught at the building previously used by Throckley First School in Coach Road, Throckley.

In the interim period they will attend Walbottle Campus.

The school was closed because of severe weather at the time of the collapse on 2 December. No-one was injured.

Three internal walls were brought down during the incident.

Newcastle City Council said Milecastle school would be shut for several months while repairs and renovation took place.

John Collings, the council's executive director of children's services, said: "The temporary closure of Milecastle has had a big impact on the school and the local community and we've worked together with Walbottle Campus and Milecastle to come up with an alternative solution.

"I know this is a period of uncertainty for parents and I'd like to reassure them that school staff and the local authority will make sure their children continue to receive a high quality education when the children move to their temporary school in the new year."

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