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Posted on: August 21st 2016

Selsey Academy Fire

West Sussex County Council and The Kemnal Academies Trust are working to ensure that the education of pupils at Selsey Academy is not affected by today’s fire.

Both the Trust and Council Officials are working together to make sure plans are in place for the start of the new term in September.

Fire crews remain on site.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Our thanks as always go West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews for dealing with the blaze at Selsey Academy so promptly and efficiently.

“They remain on site at the moment.

“This was an extensive fire and we know that the level of damage has yet to be properly assessed, although we anticipate it will be severe.

“We will be working with the headteacher at Selsey Academy and the Kenmal Academies Trust to support pupils, parents and staff. Our top priority will be ensuring that pupils and parents to know where they will be based from the start of the new school term in September.”

A spokesman for TKAT, the Trust which runs Selsey Academy, added: “We are aware that a fire started on the morning of 21st August 2016 at Selsey Academy.  The fire services are continuing to control the fire and secure the area. The cause of the fire is unknown and we are therefore unable to provide further comment on this. The safety and welfare of our pupils, staff and communities is of utmost importance and we are working closely with the emergency services to ensure this happens. Our priority is to ensure that the children of the Selsey Academy can return to school as soon as possible."

Further update available here: Update @ 18:00