Dunchurch Road site closed to pupils following fire at St Marie’s Primary School and Nursery in Rugby

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INFANT pupils will not be returning to school today (Monday) following a fire at their school during the half term holiday.

The fire broke at out St Marie’s Primary School and Nursery in Dunchurch Road on Saturday last week (June 2).

The blaze has damaged classrooms in the reception and nursery areas of the school - which remains closed today.

At the end of last week headteacher Mark Walsh posted an ‘important notice’ statement on the school website.

It read: “Dear Parents and Carers, As many of you will have heard, there has been a fire on the Dunchurch Road site. Both the governing body and I are very saddened by this. Unfortunately, it is going to take some considerable time to repair the parts of the building that have been affected. We are in the process of making plans both short term and longer term to keep the school running with the least amount of disruption to everyone involved. I have set out below the immediate plan and we will keep you all updated as things move on. Obviously we are extremely sorry for the inconvenience that will inevitably be caused. With best wishes, Mark Walsh Head Teacher.”

Parents and carers were given the following information:


The Dunchurch Road site will be closed. No Nursery, Reception or Years 1 and 2 to come to school.

The Merttens Drive site will operate as normal.

Daycare will be operating their wrap around provision from the Merttens site. Sue Kealey will be in touch with individual families this weekend regarding the Nursery provision. The daytime nursery provision that they are able to offer will be taking place in the Church Hall – ‘Hibberts Hall’.


Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should go to the Merttens Drive site at the beginning of the day and should be picked up from there at the end of the day (usual times).

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are to arrive at the Merttens site as normal. Years 3,4 and 5 will remain on this site and Year 6 will be going to Rugby School. However, Year 6 will return to the Merttens site for pick up as normal.


We are unable to provide suitable accommodation for Nursery until further notice. However, alternative provision is being urgently sought.

Please do not contact the school by telephone unless it is absolutely essential. If you have any specific queries please approach a member of staff on Tuesday morning.


Following the fire two boys were arrested by Warwickshire Police. One boy was 14 years old and the other was under 14. They were both released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police said three young people were seen in the area at the time of the fire. One was on a push scooter.

Witnesses or anyone with information can call police in Rugby on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55111.

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