High quality temporary classrooms will be installed to teach pupils whose school was hit by a devastating fire, ahead of a three-year rebuilding project.

The huge blaze broke out at SS Simon St Jude CE Primary School on Newport Road, Great Lever, on Thursday, August 17 with as many as 80 firefighters called out to tackle the blaze at its height.

The building was destroyed, now Bolton Council has announced that along with their partners they will be installing temporary facilities on Walker’s Field.

A council spokesperson said: “The fire at SS Simon and Jude came as a shock to everyone and we know that parents will be understandably concerned about their children's education.

“The school, Academy Trust, council and the Department for Education have been working around the clock to identify an alternative site while minimising disruption for pupils.

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“All partners are in full agreement that the priority is to have face-to-face teaching as quickly as possible, and to keep pupils within their local community.

“In order to achieve this, all partners have now agreed to support the Trust to install temporary accommodation on Walker’s Field until the school is rebuilt.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and we recognise there will be an impact to residents while the temporary accommodation is installed.”

Since the fire, efforts have been made by Bolton Council and the Vantage Trust, which runs the school, along with the national government to try and make sure that the pupil’s education is not disrupted.

People have come forward to help with book collections, replacing the stock that had been destroyed.

But Bolton Council has acknowledged that rebuilding the school will take three years.

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The spokesperson said: “Plans are being prepared to use minimal space on the field as far away from surrounding houses as possible.

“The field will be returned to its existing use once the school is rebuilt.

“This will take approximately three years.

“We would like to thank the local community for their offers of support and will continue to keep parents and residents updated about the next steps.”

Investigations are still ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.