Students enjoy new common room as police search continues

The Peterborough School's sixth form common room
The Peterborough School's sixth form common room
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Students at The Peterborough School are enjoying their refurbished sixth form common room after it had caught fire from a suspected arson attack.

Extensive damage was caused to the common room, which is separate to the main school on Thorpe Road, in September 8 this year.

The building has now re-opened with a brand new facility and furnishings including four new sofas.

Police are still investigating the original fire which caused no injuries.

The school’s head of sixth form, Louise Coles, said: “The students have been very philosophical about the situation and, while they found it hard to understand why anyone would want to deliberately cause such destruction, their patience and mature approach has been impressive.”

Headmaster Adrian Meadows also thanked everyone who had been involved in the restoration of the building.

He said: “I am grateful to everyone from the insurers who were here within a few hours of the incident, to the cleaners and builders who all worked extremely hard to get things back to normal as soon as possible and who made special efforts to cause as little disruption to the day-to-day running of the school as possible”.

The police investigation into who started the fire is ongoing and they still wish to speak to a person who was seen in CCTV footage on the night of September 8.

Anyone with any information is urged to ring 101.