Burst pipe and gas leak close two schools

Carolyn Thackway - head teacher at Charles Saer Primary School.
Carolyn Thackway - head teacher at Charles Saer Primary School.
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HUNDREDS of school children have been forced to stay at home as the doors of two schools closed.

Lytham C of E Primary School had to shut as engineers investigated a possible gas leak at the school.

An announcement was put on the website of the Park View Road school on Monday morning and no indication has been given as to when it will reopen.

And a burst pipe at Charles Saer Primary School in Fleetwood also meant classes had to be cancelled.

The Fleetwood school was left waterlogged and with no heating after the pipe burst last Wednesday.

The water level rose to 1.5 meters and had to be pumped out before repairs could take place.

Headteacher Carolyn Thackway said: “It turned out the problem was under one of the classrooms.

“That will be blanked off and supplied with electric heaters.

“It will also mean there will be no central heating for reception or my office.”

The school, which has 245 pupils, was closed again today.

Charles Saer is due to be completely rebuilt later this year as part of a massive £85m investment which will see very Fleetwood primary School substantially renovated.

The new building means expensive, permanent repairs are being avoided before work on the new school starts.