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Head of fire-hit school hopes to restart lessons

Campsmount Technology College
Parts of Campsmount college were completely gutted by fire

The head teacher of a South Yorkshire school badly damaged by fire on Sunday has said he hopes lessons for sixth formers could begin again this week.

Andrew Sprakes said it was "heartbreaking" to see the damage Campsmount Technology College in Norton, near Doncaster, had suffered.

However he said he hoped to get "some sixth form classes" underway by the end of the week.

Pupils have set up a Facebook page to pass out information about the school.

Year 11 student Leah Byatt said: "We've set up a Facebook page to organise students who want to help, and to get across times of meetings and events that are going to happen."

Mr Sprakes said: "We're looking to find some provision within the community to set up some education, possibly even this week.

"We're hopeful we should be able to get some sixth form classes up and running and then after the [Christmas] break for the rest of the students."

More than 60 firefighters tackled the fire at the college after it was reported at 0130 GMT on Sunday.

The fire service said the gymnasium, library and a number of classrooms had been saved, but the rest of the school was virtually gutted.

Speaking outside the school Mr Sprakes said: "To see the damage the school has suffered is heartbreaking."

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