Burnley Road Academy School in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, had to close in February 2020 after being flooded as a result of Storm Ciara.

The school’s biggest priority was to keep all the children under one roof because, during the last major flood on Boxing Day 2015, its pupils were spread across Calderdale.

A building large enough to house the 230 children and sixty staff was identified on the Moderna Business Park in Mytholmroyd and in order to minimise disruption to the children’s education, a plan was put in place to have the school up and running again in its temporary home within two weeks.

Eton Environmental Group was approached by Savills (one of the world’s leading property agents who were tasked to administer insurance reinstatement works following the flood damage) to carry out a fire strategy report and evacuation plan for full building regulations application approval ahead of the planned opening.

We undertook a fire risk assessment and completed a fire strategy for the building, including the production and testing of a fire evacuation plan. We also undertook staff training to prove the evacuation plan worked.

This work was done over a concentrated period of three days, in order that the school could meet its deadline for re-opening.

The school is now operating successfully from the temporary premises whilst work is being carried out to refurbish and restore the original building.

Clare Cope, Headteacher at Burnley Road School, said: “We were very pleased with the work carried out by Eton Environmental Group. Everything was completed quickly and efficiently in a very supportive manner.”