Yardleys School in Tyseley, Birmingham has recently been embroiled in an asbestos row after a blaze at a neighbouring factory.

The school was closed after concerns that the fire at the factory could have released asbestos fibres and contaminated the school.

Six weeks after the incident, Birmingham City Council have now given  the green light to reopen.

Addressing parents on the school’s website, Mrs Huges the Headteacher said classrooms had been deep cleaned and the fire-damaged industrial site was to be demolished.

Ms Hughes said: “The school building is now safe to occupy with all asbestos debris removed and a deep clean undertaken, with all air monitoring reports indicating normal conditions.

“The industrial area adjacent to the school site will be demolished under controlled asbestos contamination conditions.

“However a wall continues to cause potential danger and as a precaution the car park, school field and cage area will be out of bounds.”

The school spent tens of thousands of pounds on online tutoring – making it the first virtual school in the UK – after being forced to close on September 29.

Money was also spent ferrying pupils to six venues used for interim teaching.

The  suspected arson attack at A&S Supplies caused more than £10,000-worth of damage and caused educational disruption for the 925 pupils that attend the school. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident and air testing results, alongside expert advice has assured both parents and pupils that the school is now safe to return to.

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