Rebuild back under way at school devastated by fire

Woodmill High School in Dunfermline was closed after it was gutted by a major blaze.

Work has restarted to rebuild a school in Fife devastated by fire.

Woodmill High School in Dunfermline was gutted by a major blaze last August.

Groups of pupils were able to return to classes in January as the school partially reopened.

But coronavirus lockdown measures enforced in March brought the students’ time in classrooms and the repair work on the building to a halt.

Contractors are now back on site to continue the rebuilding effort, as the work is deemed essential by the Scottish Government.

Shelagh McLean, head of education at Fife Council, said: “Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible to continue with construction work at Woodmill High School, from March onwards.

“Now that work has resumed we are confident that the school will be ready to accept most pupils back in August, depending on any ongoing or further Covid restrictions.

“We understand how difficult this last year has been for our pupils, staff and their families and we can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support, patience and understanding.”

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