School’s out after heating woe

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HUNDREDS of pupils were sent home after heating problems forced a multi-million pound school in South Tyneside to close its doors.

Forest View Primary in Rembrandt Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, was caught cold by problems with the heating system yesterday.

Headteacher Cheryl Ward closed the school at about 9.30am.

The £5.6m facility, which replaced Temple Park Juniors, Temple Park Infants and Albert Elliot primary schools, opened in September last year.

It has 315 primary places, as well as a 26-place nursery.

The school was built under South Tyneside Council’s Transforming Our Primary Schools (Tops) programme, which aims to cut surplus places across the borough.

After children had been sent away for the day, staff set about fixing the problem in time for today.

Heating to the school building was restored by late afternoon yesterday but no decision had been made on when the school would reopen.

No one from the school was available for comment.