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Alternative Arrangements For Dunn Street School

Arrangements have now been finalised for the provision of alternative education for pupils of Dunn Street Primary School in Jarrow following the closure of the school because of the serious fire.

Classes will resume on Tuesday February 4th at two separate school sites in Jarrow.

Four classes - the Reception Class, Year One, Year Two and Year 3/4 will be accommodated at the former Hedworthfield Comprehensive site of the new Jarrow School on Hedworth Estate, Jarrow.

Two classes - Year 4/5 and Year 5/6 will be accommodated at the Springfield site of the Jarrow School in Field Terrace, Jarrow.

Pupils in all six classes being relocated will be collected/returned on supervised coaches from a central pick up point at Jarrow Community Centre in Cambrian Street.

The Dunn Street Nursery School, which is a separate building and was not damaged in the fire, will also re-open on Tuesday February 4th.

Parents have been advised of the temporary alternative arrangements, which are expected to be in place until the end of the present term.

Work is also progressing on arrangements for the medium term and long-term future of the school.

South Tyneside LEA has co-ordinated a rapid response to set up short term and medium term replacement arrangements. Staff at the school have been working all week to assemble all the necessary school curriculum materials.

Barbara Hughes, Executive Director Lifelong Learning and Leisure said: "There has been a tremendous amount of team work and support from throughout the LEA, other Council departments, Head Teacher and staff to provide alternative education for 183 young children in just over a week."

"There has been a great response from other schools, particularly, the new Jarrow School and I know that parents will appreciate what has been done in such a short time."

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