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Fire damaged school celebrates new facilities

Published Monday, 21 June 2010

Children at Houndsfield Primary School in Ripon Road, Edmonton, will be proudly conducting guided tours of their school tomorrow now that most improvements have been completed after a serious fire left it badly damaged last year.

On Sunday evening 20th September 2009 the fire ripped through the school's reception area and smoke damage rendered eight classrooms unusable.

Some 240 children and their teachers were found temporary accommodation - some at Houndsfield's joint school Churchfields in Latymer Road, Edmonton and later most were relocated to the Oasis Academy at Innova Park, Mollison Avenue, EN3. The Latymer School in Haselbury Road also helped with temporary accommodation."

Houndsfield, Executive head teacher, Andrea Nutter, said, "We now have excellent new facilities at the school.

"When we discovered the fire damage, children and parents responded well as arrangements for the children were quickly put into place. The council secured contractors to restore and improve our facilities extremely fast and staff and children were able to return to Houndsfield in January this year.

"We are delighted with the new reception area and office, a new conference room on the ground floor and all the refurbished classrooms. We are grateful for all the help and support from the schools that provided accommodation for us."

Additional features at the school are a dance studio and a radio room which is the HQ for Radio Houndsfield.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education and children's services, added, "Children, parents and staff at Houndsfield showed great resilience during a difficult time and were magnificent in their support for the school. Thanks must also go to the schools who offered help at very short notice.

"I am delighted that the children can celebrate the new facilities and enjoy their school once again."

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