Harlesden secondary school offers to share classrooms with Willesden primary damaged by fire

Fire crews battled flames as they billowed from the roof of the school building

Fire crews battled flames as they billowed from the roof of the school building - Credit: Archant

A secondary school in Harlesden has offered emergency classrooms and space to a primary in Willesden which was ravaged by a fire on Tuesday.

Newman Catholic College has offered space to St Joseph's

Newman Catholic College has offered space to St Joseph's - Credit: Archant

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Goodson Road, has been closed since the blaze destroyed its roof and upper floors.

Newman Catholic College in Harlesden Road, has come to the school’s rescue by offering the facilities which will allow some of their 540 young pupils to return to lessons.

In a statement on the school’s website, , head teacher Dawn Titus, said: “Newman Catholic College have graciously allocated some of their classrooms and grounds to accommodate our Year one to Year sixchildren for approximately five to six weeks.”

A dedicated service will be held at 6pm this evening at Our Lady of Willesden church in Nicoll Road

A dedicated service will be held at 6pm this evening at Our Lady of Willesden church in Nicoll Road (Picture Credit: Google maps) - Credit: Archant

Nursery and reception pupils will be accommodated in a specialist early years unit on the site of the former Anansi Nursery in Roundwood Park, Willesden, from Thursday.

The shared facilities will mean parents may have to prepare for minor adjustments to timings of the school day.


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It is expected St Joseph’s primary pupils will be able to return to fully equipped mobile classrooms on the school site in Goodson Road within six weeks.

The statement adds that a temporary time table will be published “as soon as possible” on the school website.

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Parents and pupils have been invited to attend a whole school mass at Our Lady of Willesden in Nicoll Road, Harlesden, at 6pm this evening (Friday) to reunite staff and children who safely evacuated into the playground while flames tore through the roof of the school.

In a letter addressed to parents, Ms Titus asked children to wear to school uniform to the service to “demonstrate their love for St Joseph’s”.

For further updates, parents are advised to check the school website.

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