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Posted on 15.10.2014

Staff from Discovery Park stepped in to help when a local junior school flooded earlier this week.

Teachers at Sandwich Junior School on St Barts Road found five classrooms and their library under water when they arrived on Monday morning. They immediately contacted the science and technology park and just five hours later, a temporary school had been set up on site.

Coaches brought 100 year 3 and 4 pupils to Discovery Park on Tuesday morning, where lessons were able to continue as usual. The school’s temporary home will remain in place until October half term while the classrooms affected are dried out and repaired.

Sheilagh Roberts, head teacher, said, “We’re overwhelmed with how Discovery Park have pulled out all the stops this week, making sure that the school can continue to function as usual. Their care for both the children and staff has simply been humbling and they just couldn’t have given more time or done more to assist us.

“They’ve provided a completely safe learning environment so there has been no disruption to the children’s learning; it’s been absolutely seamless. Wellbeing, safety and learning has been at the centre of what we have worked together with the school to achieve and we can’t thank Discovery Park and the businesses based here enough for everything they have done.”

Kimberley Anderson, project manager, commented, “When the school contacted us, we were naturally delighted to be able support them. We work with the community in many ways and are ideally placed to respond to requests like this, but we are particularly proud of how we rose to the challenge and got the school back up and running so speedily. Our tenants have also got involved, giving their time and expertise to sort out things like communications systems.

“The positive comments from staff, parents and especially the pupils mean the world to us. Some of the children have already asked if their school can stay here long-term – perhaps they will like it so much they will return here as employees one day!”

Presenting a bouquet of flowers to Kimberley Anderson on Wednesday 15 October, year 6 students Maisie and Billy said, “Thank you for letting us stay here, you have made a real difference to our learning.” Blade, in year 5, said “It’s inspiring to be in a different place for learning.”

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