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Elgin Academy to remain closed to S1-S3 pupils tomorrow following fire

By Ewan Malcolm

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ELGIN Academy will remain closed to S1-S3 pupils tomorrow (May 18) following a fire at the school this week.

Elgin Academy will remain closed to S1-S3 pupils and staff tomorrow. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Elgin Academy will remain closed to S1-S3 pupils and staff tomorrow. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Fire services were called out to the school yesterday morning at around 9am to extinguish a fire on the third floor of the building.

Children were sent home after the water supply to the school was cut to stem the water damage.

Despite ongoing work from support services the school has confirmed it will remain closed to S1-S3 pupils and all staff tomorrow.

Those pupils will instead continue with remote learning on Microsoft TEAMs.

However, the school will remain open to S4-S6 pupils undertaking SQA exams.

Kyle Scott, Elgin Academy Head Teacher, sent a letter to parents today confirming the prolonged closure.

In the letter he said: "I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to all of our young people and yourselves as parents for your support and apologise for the inconvenience caused to you all as a result of the disruption caused so far this week.

"I am so saddened by what has happened and we want to reassure you we are working with Police Scotland in their enquiries into yesterday’s incident.

"We continue to assess the building and I thank FES and the contractors who have worked tirelessly throughout the night to make our school a safe place again."

Mr Scott will offer a further update tomorrow on the school's status while it is also hoped that the S1 Parents Evening due to take place on Thursday will still go ahead.

Mr Scott added: "This has been a very sad chapter in our Elgin Academy story, but please be assured we will repair all the damage caused and are hugely excited to see our pupils back in their school.

"This series of events has meant that pupils have missed both our Wellbeing Walk and Sports Day.

"Can I please take this opportunity to reassure you that both events will be rescheduled over the coming weeks and we will communicate these dates with you in due course."

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