Powerstock School to rise from the Ashes *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jul, 2015 11:00 AM

The Headteacher of Powerstock CE VA Primary School, a listed building near Bridport which made the news after experiencing fire damage in half term (Monday 24 October), has thanked supporters for keeping it open.

Powerstock School to rise from the Ashes *Updated

Pupils and staff return to Powerstock Primary - photo courtesy View Online

The central Victorian classroom was worst hit. A modern classroom and office extension was smoke-damaged but otherwise unaffected.

The village hall was offered by the Village Hut Committee as temporary accommodation for the three youngest age classes. All the schools in the area came forward with offers of help and equipment, a bric-a-brac stall raised £1000 and a fireworks display raised a further £600.

Teachers have incorporated the experience into the teaching of pupils. The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, visited the site on Wednesday 9 November and tweeted: “At Powerstock Primary School today. Saw amazing sketches by pupils of the burnt out classroom, drawn using charcoal from the wooden roof.”

He said today, “I feel privileged to have seen such a wonderful example of an entire community helping a school in its hour of need, with neighbouring schools, local people and the diocese all working together. This is exactly how we should be supporting one another these days: congratulations to all concerned.”

Headteacher Jean-Paul Draper said, “Three things really hit me. You could look right through the school end to end, and the reflective display at the far end, including the school values, was untouched. I remember staff laughing as there was a full a rainbow arc over the school. Thirdly, I think that the school is those are in it, rather than just the building.

He added, “We had so many offers of help, we had to turn some away. It’s been really positive for us – we look forward and carry on.”

Rector Janet Delaney said, “We’re so glad that no-one was hurt. The building is very much at the heart of the community, and several generations of families around the area have gone there. The school is much more than the building: it’s the children and families themselves, and that heart is still beating strongly.”

Buildings Officer Catherine Hannell said, “Mr Draper and the school governors have shown impressive leadership at this difficult time. A draft programme has been drawn up and estimates show that the work will be completed for September 2012.”

ENDS

Links
Bishop of Sherborne’s Twitter feed 
Current Bishop of Sherborne photo gallery, with Powerstock pictures 
Diocesan Buildings and Finance Team 

News stories

Powerstock: pupils return to fire-ravaged school
Powerstock School set to reopen 
We'll carry on, says head of blaze-hit primary school 
Powerstock: Villagers mourn loss of school in fire 
Wessex FM Gallery- Powerstock School Fire 
Blaze destroys Victorian school building 
Blaze at Bridport School 
Powerstock Primary School near Bridport wrecked by fire 

Further information contact
Buildings Officer Catherine Hannell
01722 428422, catherine.hannell@salisbury.anglican.org

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