Temporary school built for pupils at academy near Grenfell Tower

The Guardian reports that a temporary secondary school complete with dance studio, art rooms and science labs is being built to house pupils whose academy at the base of Grenfell Tower has been closed since fire raged through the block.

The Kensington Aldridge academy (KAA) is relocating to a new site for the start of the academic year while police continue a forensic examination of the scene. Construction of the temporary school, just over one mile from the current site, is under way.

KAA has been closed since the fire at the 24-storey block of flats on 14 June. Two other nearby schools, the Burlington Danes academy and Latymer Upper school, took in hundreds of pupils for the last few weeks of term.

The vast majority of KAA’s 900-plus pupils live within a half-mile radius of the school and the tower. Four pupils died in the fire, plus another who had recently left.

David Benson, KAA’s principal, wrote to all parents last week to give details of the temporary school, saying it was “a fairly fast moving project”.

He had been advised by the government that the latest date of the school’s return to its permanent site was April 2018, he said. However, that is believed to be an aspiration, and KAA may be on its temporary site for a full academic year.

In a separate letter posted on KAA’s website on Monday, the school set out details of counselling and psychological support offered to pupils over the past month. Children had shown “exceptional resilience”, it said, but “we are still learning to cope with the shock and devastation of such a traumatic event”.

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