Merton schools recover from flooding

Merton Council has worked hard with twenty schools affected by flooding to ensure that classrooms will be ready for schools to open for the start of term in September.

Hatfeild Primary was particularly badly affected with the entire main block being under over one foot of water for four hours. It is the only school that is scheduled to have a delay in opening as the school has requested three school closure days to allow staff time to set up their classrooms with substantial replacement equipment. The school will open on Monday 10 September.

Dave Hill, Director of Children, Schools and Families said:

‘We would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort of school staff in those schools most badly affected.’

‘The damage to buildings and resources at our schools is likely to be above £500,000 and the assistance of £156,589 from central government will help.”

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Notes to editors:

The most badly affected schools were Abbotsbury Primary, Cricket Green Special School, Hatfeild Primary, Lonesome Primary, Raynes Park High School and Wimbledon Park Primary.

All require carpet replacement, and the hall floors at Hatfeild and Raynes Park require replacement, and a boiler needs to be replaced at Wimbledon Park.

For information on the central government grant, please see http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0147