Dagenham students return to �24m school at centre of safety scare

Hundreds of pupils returned to school today after a panel fell off the ceiling of their �24million secondary in Dagenham.

Dagenham Park secondary headteacher Simon Weaver asked students to stay at home yesterday while workers removed similar panels as a safety precaution.

The 1,100-place secondary in School Road shut for one day for all pupils except the year 11 group and sixth form students.

The panel used to dampen sound collapsed in a public area on Friday evening.

Dagenham Park underwent a �24million redevelopment last year as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

A school spokesman said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances Dagenham Park School is undergoing some building repairs.

“These are being addressed by the building contractors and dealt with extremely quickly and promptly.”

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Barking and Dagenham Council said the secondary was partially closed yesterday but stressed all pupils were back at school today.