Saffron Walden school forced to close due to flooding to run at ‘reduced capacity’

Katherine Semar school, Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron Photo.

Katherine Semar school, Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron Photo. - Credit: Archant

A Saffron Walden school has been closed today (Friday) due to flooding.

Katherine Semar’s junior school has had a “major flood” and has been forced to shut its doors.

The school’s infant section is still open.

A school spokesman said: “A major flood has occurred in Katherine Semar Junior School on Thursday (April 14). It was fortunately noticed by school staff at 6.30pm who took immediate preventative action.

“Without their quick thinking the school would have suffered far more significant flood damage. Several members of staff and governors returned to school to contain the water and tackle the damage.

“Unfortunately this meant that the school had to close for the first time in over seven years. We were overwhelmed by the support of all the parents today. We had numerous offers of help from parents willing to come to help over the weekend.

“A critical incident team have been put in place and will be working with school staff throughout the weekend to minimise disruption to the children. We are hoping that the school will be operational at a much reduced capacity this week.”