PUPILS at a north Durham school will have a temporary new classroom from tomorrow until the end of term while repairs are carried out.

The 112 pupils at Bloemfontein Primary School in Craghead, near Stanley, will take the short walk down the street to the village hall, where lessons will be on as usual.

Headteacher Diane Abbott said : "We want pupils to be able to carry on learning while the works are completed and I am delighted we can do this within their own community.

"The village hall has wonderful facilities and even boasts a fantastic computer suite. I am sure the youngsters will find the whole experience something of an adventure.

"I am grateful to parents, the village hall committee and Durham County Council’s building and education support teams for their help and quick response and I hope it won’t be long before we are back where we belong again."

The pupils will resume studies at the village hall as a purely precautionary measure while some work is carried out on cracks to some ceilings.

It is not expected that any major works will be involved, but a full safety inspection will be completed before staff and pupils returning to the school building. The works are expected in time for the new term.

Parents will be kept well informed throughout.