Brierley Hill school mobiles hastily erected

Mobile classrooms are being hastily erected at a Brierley Hill school which has been unable to reopen for the new term after a building was declared unsafe.

Mobile classrooms are being hastily erected at a Brierley Hill school which has been unable to reopen for the new term after a building was declared unsafe.

Cash-strapped Dudley Council faces a £600,000 bill for mobile buildings at Thorns Community College.

The English, ICT and Vocational Education block at the school, in Stockwell Avenue, has been condemned, putting 13 classrooms out of use and leaving about 1,300 pupils unable to return after the summer holidays.

Dudley Council has been forced to fund the installation of 11 mobile classrooms and refit of two rooms to make up for the shortfall.

Pupils will return following the school holidays next week, with Year 7 and 11 students resuming lessons on Monday and all other years going back on Wednesday. Acting headteacher Lynn Aston said their return had been delayed because the school site was deemed unsafe.

She said: "To compensate for the late start of term we made sure our website had work on it for pupils to do."