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Last Updated: Monday, 21 January 2008, 12:08 GMT
Pupils return to asbestos school
A primary school near York has reopened a fortnight after it closed following the discovery of asbestos.

Engineers made the discovery during an inspection at Wigginton School over the Christmas holidays. It was unable to open for the new term on 7 January.

The asbestos has now been removed and decontamination completed.

A York council spokeswoman said: "The school has undergone a complete clean. All affected areas have been tested, with the results coming back clear."

She confirmed the school had fully reopened on Monday but would not say how much asbestos had been removed during the clean-up operation.

Children commended

"We are extremely grateful for the positive response from other schools, local community associations and the patience and understanding of parents," the spokeswoman added.

"Staff and governors at the school should also be congratulated on the way they have dealt with such unpredictable circumstances."

During the work, pupils in years one to four were taught in makeshift classrooms off-site.

Year five and six children were taught in their existing classrooms, which were not considered to be at risk.

Head teacher Pat Boyle said: "The children have been brilliant.

"They have taken things in their stride and made the most of the experience. They really are to be commended on their behaviour and attitude.

"I think they're all happy to be back with their friends again."

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