The majority of Gloucestershire County Council’s schools will be opening as normal for the beginning of term next week, despite many having suffered damage during the floods.
However, a number of schools, youth centres, children’s centres and other facilities will still be dealing with the impact of last month’s flooding.
St David’s primary school in Moreton-in-Marsh suffered extensive damage and it is estimated that repairs will cost £1.9m. Nevertheless, the diocese and the county council have been working throughout the holidays to ensure that there will be minimal disruption to pupils by installing temporary buildings at the school. The school will reopen only two days later than planned, on Thursday 6th September.
Councillor Joan Nash, Gloucestershire cabinet member for schools, said:
Just a two day delay in reopening St David’s. Who would have thought that at the height of the floods?
All the other schools that were affected will be opening on time. This success is a tribute, to staff, governors, parents, volunteers and contractors, who, with help and advice from the county council, have worked extremely hard to ensure that pupils do not lose any time at school because of the floods.
Both youth offending service offices in Gloucester are operating normally and arrangements are being made to provide a reduced youth service at Moreton and Tewkesbury youth centres.
Councillor Paul McLain, Gloucestershire cabinet member for young people, said:
The young people’s teams are doing a cracking job. I’m really chuffed that the youth service are already up and running in Moreton and Tewkesbury.
It’s good news that Gloucester’s youth offending services are back to full speed. If we want to turn around the lives of young offenders, then we need to be working from a strong and settled base.
The county council has also been issuing schools with information on practical and emotional support for children and their families affected by the flooding. Issues include dealing with the trauma of being flooded and/or displaced, help with school transport and uniform costs, assessment of extra needs and access to social care services. Lots of useful information is on the county council web pages at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/floodrecovery
The total flooding repair bill for Gloucestershire children and young people’s services is £2.7m.