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Bury St Edmunds school forced to close after ceiling collapse

A Bury St Edmunds school was forced to close yesterday after a ceiling collapsed.

Parents were asked to collect their children from Abbots Green Academy, in Airfield Road, yesterday after part of the suspended ceiling in one of its nursery classrooms gave way.

No one was in the classroom at the time and the school has re-opened today for all children except Bluebells nursery class.

Abbots Green Academy. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Abbots Green Academy. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Headteacher Ang Morrison said: "I can confirm that part of the suspended ceiling in one of our nursery classrooms gave way causing a light fitting and a portion of ceiling tiles to fall.

"The classroom was empty at the time.

"We were pleased to have a very rapid response from structural engineers, builders and electricians to evaluate the issues and reassure us that the school is safe.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents who have been extremely understanding of the sensitivity of this matter and who have been fully supportive of the school’s actions.

"This is integral to what makes the Abbots Green community so special.

"I would also like to recognise the superb team effort from staff in ensuring that every child was safe and communication was effective."

In a letter to parents yesterday, headteacher Ang Morrison said the engineers 'evaluated the problem with the nursery ceiling and identified the need to carry out further checks just within Year 2 classrooms'.

"These were extensions onto the original building which has been checked and identified with having no issues with the ceiling," she said.

"I would like to reassure you that the remainder of the school building has been identified as safe for school to resume as normal."

Mrs Morrison said they would relocate Year 2 classes to ensure the checks can be carried out today and the nursery classroom would need 'additional time to establish a safe, organised learning environment within the main school building'.

Although there will be no nursery provision today, they aim to open tomorrow (June 26).

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