Dorset School hit by lightning to remain shut for longer after Christmas holidays
A Dorset school which was partially destroyed by a lightning strike will not open for the first two days of term after the Christmas holidays.
Lytchett Minster School was set on fire after being hit by lightning on Thursday (December 27) with the theatre and arts block destroyed by the blaze.
Students will return to school on Wednesday January 9, with year groups on a rota - as the school currently has a lack of buildings to accommodate all pupils.
A statement from Lytchett Minster School said: "Due to the shortage of classrooms, it will be necessary to create a special timetable, restricting the number of students in school each day.
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"Students in Years 11,12 and 13 will remain in school throughout, given that they are in the final stages of their important examination courses.
"Staff at Lytchett Minster School wish to convey their appreciation for the many messages of support and offers of practical help received since the fire."
Lightning is thought to be the likely cause of three major fires in Dorset last week.
Along with the fire at Lytchett minster School, sheep were killed after a large barn fire near Stalbridge - while a derelict hotel in Bournemouth was also ablaze.