The Island Learning Centre is moving into new premises, two months after a fire broke out at the former Broadlea Primary School
The centre which provides education for children not in mainstream education is moving into the former Hunnyhill Primary School two months after it was burnt down.
The move has been paid for by insurance. A refit has been completed including, redecoration, new flooring, furniture and IT, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
The New headteacher Clive Barnes said: “I am very grateful to the council for giving us a wonderful building to start our new term, and my new role as headteacher. I’d also like to thank my predecessor Tom Pelger, who worked with me during the summer term for the relocation of the school. The staff and I will initially be focused on ensuring that our pupils settle into their new surroundings quickly and comfortably, and we look forward to building a positive and supportive learning environment for our pupils.”
The council leader Clir Jonathan Bacon, Said: “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the council staff, and colleagues in Hampshire, who have worked tirelessly throughout the summer to achieve what, in July, was a seemingly impossible task. They have delivered a brilliant new facility in such a short space of time, in the wake of such a shocking and devastating event for all concerned. What was a disaster for some of the Island’s most vulnerable children has been turned into a very positive situation. I hope that staff and pupils enjoy their new home.”
However, Hunnyhill is outside the area that could be permitted for long-term relocation, therefore, the council are still looking for a permanent home for the centre.
The 16 year old arrested on suspicion of arson was bailed until October by Isle of Wight police.