Burst pipe forces Hastings school to close

Ark Alexandra Academy in Hastings has been forced to send students home today (May 24) after a burst water main.

A burst water main outside the William Parker Campus for Year 9 to Year 13 students caused the closure.

Principal Liam Collins said: “"A burst water main outside the school has affected residents and our school. We closed the school today to ensure the safety of staff and students.

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"We have been assured by the water company that we can reopen tomorrow. As all students have access to their own digital devices, we have temporarily reverted to online learning to avoid disrupting their education.

Ark Alexander Academy. Picture from Google.

"I am pleased to report that our water supply was restored just after 2.30 pm. Therefore, the William Parker Campus will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25. In addition, year 11 and 13 exam breakfast will be available from 8am in the main hall.

“Closing the school is always the last thing I would wish to do. Thank you for all your support.”

The Principal had previously said to parents and carers in an email: “Due to a burst water main outside the school, we are sorry to inform you of the school’s closure until further notice.

"Engineers are working tirelessly to resolve the issue, and we will notify you immediately when the school is ready to accept students.

"There is no risk of harm to staff or students. However, we will have to send the students home with no toilets or way to feed the students.

"All students will be set independent work via Teams. This afternoon the PE exam will continue and the students are being taken to Helenswood for a revision session.

"Those in an exam now will remain until they have finished, and we will inform them at the end.

"Students leaving the site will follow the permissions set on our systems. Alternatively, please make arrangements to collect your child. Staff will remain on site for the safety of all students.”