An arson attack has wrecked a Teesside primary school, resulting in damage of more than 200,000. Almost 300 pupils were told to stay away after the attack at Dormanstown Primary, Redcar, early on Monday.
Staff were left “devastated” by the incident, in which arsonists started two fires – in the main school and another in an adjoining nursery.
A fire brigade spokesman said evidence of a forced entry into the school had been found.
It took emergency crews more than an hour to bring the fire under control.
Parents of the school’s 287 pupils were told to keep their children at home on Monday, but officials said it was hoped the site could reopen on Tuesday.