900 Dagenham pupils miss school after boiler breakdown

NINE HUNDRED pupils were missing lessons today after their school boiler broke down.

Sydney Russell Secondary in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, said it was struggling through a “nightmare scenario” after being forced to send around half its pupils home when the broken boiler prevented all classrooms being heated on Friday.

Around 600 pupils from year 7 and 8 will attend school for one day this week to be given homework, but will otherwise miss all lessons until January.

The 300 year 9 students will be back next week for the last week of term before the holidays.

One parent criticised the closure saying: “It’s just silly. At the end of the day, the children are missing out two weeks of work.”