School re-opens af­ter safety checks

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

THE Har­vey Gram­mar School in Folkestone was closed on Mon­day fol­low­ing the earth­quake.

An in­spec­tion of the build­ing on Sun­day re­vealed sev­eral cracks in the ex­te­rior walls which re­sulted in head teacher Phil Hard­ing de­cid­ing to keep the doors shut the fol­low­ing day.

Sur­vey­ors went to the school to carry out an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The cracks were in the main build­ing, which was built in 1927.

Mr Hard­ing said: “When there are 930 pupils and 120 staff on site we can­not af­ford to com­pro­mise their safety. The sur­vey­ors con­firmed our ini­tial im­pres­sions and car­ried out an in­spec­tion.”

The school re-opened on Tues­day.

Har­vey Gram­mar School pupils found there was no school on Mon­day

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