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Beacon Estates Team raised the roof

12 Feb 2020   |   Clare Stevens   |   Beacon Academy

As Storm Ciara struck the UK in February, unfortunately Beacon Academy was one of the victims of this force of nature. One of the main tower sections of the school was hit badly and the storm removed part of the roof. Although Estates staff attended site that weekend the wind remained too high for emergency services to secure the roof and the decision had to be made to close the school on Monday 10 February to ensure pupil and staff safety.

It was a priority come Monday morning that plans were put in place as quickly as possible to ensure we could re-open to pupils and so after some planning the Estates team constructed a plan in which site access could be limited and managed. Only some 48 hours later, one Herris fence tunnel, a massive clean-up operation and many signs and tape, Beacon re-opened to pupils on Wednesday 12 February.

If it were not for the quick and innovative thinking from Estates staff and them all pulling together this could not have been turned around so quickly, also being closely supported by admin staff who grabbed their hard hats and helped with communications to parents and staff.

This is a great example of the strength of team work within the Trust.

A big thank you to the two Keiths, Martin, Michael, Charlotte, Daniel, John, Steve, Lynn, Clare and the whole cleaning team who not only reacted quickly to the event in hand but also spent half term opening and preparing temporary spaces to be used.

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