School shut after ceiling tile falls on to class of children

Angel Road Junior School.

Angel Road Junior School in north Norwich. - Credit: Archant

A Norwich school has been forced to close for safety checks after a ceiling tile fell into a classroom with children in it.

Angel Road Primary School, in the north of the city, has decided to close its doors to pupils "as a precautionary measure".

Contractors have been called onto the site to carry out essential survey work after the incident on Wednesday, in which no-one is believed to have been hurt.

In a letter sent to parents, the school said it was "proud" of the pupils' behaviour.

The statement said: "As a precautionary measure, we unfortunately have decided to close the school whilst this essential survey work is undertaken.

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"We do not foresee this being longer than two days. We of course will keep you up to date as soon as it is available to us. We have contractors on site currently.

"We are aware this sounds dramatic but we want to reassure you that we are prioritising safety of children and staff whilst maintaining educational provision."

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Angel Road is listed on the Norfolk County Council school closure page as being shut "due to unforeseen circumstances".

Children will be learning from home while work is carried out at the school building.

The school's letter added: "Please be assured that we are responding to this swiftly and robustly to make sure children and staff are both safe and educational provision can continue.

"We really apologise for this but hope you can understand why we have taken these steps."

Lynsey Holzer, chief executive of Evolution Academy Trust, which runs the school, said: "We were very concerned to hear that a part of the ceiling at Angel Road Junior had fallen yesterday and also relieved that no one was hurt by the incident.

"Whilst we were assured that the collapse was localised and the cause of the collapse was located, we chose to close the school as a precaution to allow professionals to survey the roof across the entire building.

"We take the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff very seriously at Evolution Academy Trust and will continue to work hard to ensure all our buildings meet a good standard."

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