Ravenswood School in Nailsea closed following flood damage

6:58pm - 14 September 2021
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Ravenswood School in Nailsea has been forced to close temporarily after suffering extensive flood and electrical damage during last week's heavy rainfall.

North Somerset Council is working closely with the school to try and reopen the building as quickly as possible. It is hoped that the main building could reopen on Monday (27 September) provided extensive work is complete.

In the meantime home learning is being provided for the 137 pupils at the school and families are being regularly updated on any developments by school staff.

The flooding was caused by damage to a temporary roof covering during heavy rain. The temporary roof was in place as part of work to upgrade the main school building as part of a 12-week works programme that started during the school holiday.

Work is being carried out this week to ensure the roof remains watertight. Assessment of the electrical damage is also being completed and flood-damaged materials are being removed from the building and dehumidifiers moved in.

Mark Senior, Headteacher at Ravenswood School said: "The school has suffered considerable water and electrical damage. Before pupils can return we have to be sure the school is dry and safe as the welfare of the school community is our top priority.

"This is, understandably, an extremely stressful time for pupils and their families but we have to put safety first. We are doing all we can to support families and provide temporary learning solutions. 

"If anyone has any concerns about the wellbeing of their child I would ask them to contact me directly."

Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for education added: "This is an extremely difficult situation and we are working with the school to resolve it as soon as possible.

"This further disruption to learning during the pandemic is upsetting but we would like to reassure parents and carers that we are doing all we can to get Ravenswood open again."

North Somerset Council is working with the school to find possible alternative classroom space if the damage is severe and the repair work takes longer than expected to complete.