The once-drowned Winchester school now sitting high and dry

Hampshire Chronicle: The back gate at St Bede school. Photo by Gary Crocker The back gate at St Bede school. Photo by Gary Crocker

WHILE water levels were continuing to rise in Winchester, no-one at a once flood-hit city centre school was too bothered.

St Bede Church of England Primary flooded in 2000 forcing an 18-month relocation to Bereweeke.

When they returned the school had been rebuilt and raised.

Bursar Doreen White said today: “We have sandbags but there is no concern for the building this time. The floor has been raised by two feet. The Environment Agency, city and county council are monitoring things.”

The school’s back gate onto Park Avenue was closed on Wednesday and staff have had to park elsewhere.

But Mrs White said there was no risk that the school itself would have to shut.

Meanwhile local MP Steve Brine met officials from the city and county councils on aptly-named Water Lane to discuss the level of the River Itchen.

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7:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

JoLovegrove says...

Interesting......esp
ecially as they announced today that they are closed until at least Wednesday next week due to flooding.
Interesting......esp ecially as they announced today that they are closed until at least Wednesday next week due to flooding. JoLovegrove

8:14pm Sun 9 Feb 14

mopers says...

Ha, ha- As usual St Bedes speak too soon "...there is no concern for the building this time..." Then why is school now closed next week?!! How many days of learning are being missed? Results? Progress? !!!!!!!
Ha, ha- As usual St Bedes speak too soon "...there is no concern for the building this time..." Then why is school now closed next week?!! How many days of learning are being missed? Results? Progress? !!!!!!! mopers

2:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Jimtiddlypom says...

The school is closed because the drainage is underground and therefore underwater. There's not much you can do about drainage, which has to go underground. The building however should still be fine. For those not sure about how many days of learning are lost it equates roughly to the number of days the school is closed, so for instance today it has been closed one day so one days learning has been lost. If it is still closed tomorrow then that will be another day so 1+1=2. And so on.

P.S. I'm not a teacher it's just that I've always been good at my one times table.
The school is closed because the drainage is underground and therefore underwater. There's not much you can do about drainage, which has to go underground. The building however should still be fine. For those not sure about how many days of learning are lost it equates roughly to the number of days the school is closed, so for instance today it has been closed one day so one days learning has been lost. If it is still closed tomorrow then that will be another day so 1+1=2. And so on. P.S. I'm not a teacher it's just that I've always been good at my one times table. Jimtiddlypom

8:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mopers says...

As statistics show, days missed off school result in low progress. We are still waiting for some work to be emailed home as most schools if there was a snow closure. Nothing yet !!!
As statistics show, days missed off school result in low progress. We are still waiting for some work to be emailed home as most schools if there was a snow closure. Nothing yet !!! mopers

8:10pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mopers says...

Interesting-latest report from school- water inside building. Not so outstanding!!!
Interesting-latest report from school- water inside building. Not so outstanding!!! mopers

7:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Jimtiddlypom says...

This proud country of ours is running dangerously short of exclamation marks and I think we should all be a little more frugal with them in future, what with all the floods and all.
This proud country of ours is running dangerously short of exclamation marks and I think we should all be a little more frugal with them in future, what with all the floods and all. Jimtiddlypom

7:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mopers says...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously have no response to comments posted so lets divert attention to exclamation marks and away from school !!!!!! Ha Ha, people like you brighten a dull, wet day !!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously have no response to comments posted so lets divert attention to exclamation marks and away from school !!!!!! Ha Ha, people like you brighten a dull, wet day !!!!!!!!! mopers

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