Richard Taunton College closes due to boiler problems and flooding

Richard Taunton College closes due to boiler problems and flooding
Richard Taunton College closes due to boiler problems and flooding

A sixth-grade university in SOUTHAMPTON has temporarily closed due to “significant” boiler and flooding issues.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College will remain closed for the rest of the week to its 800 students following problems with the boiler and flooding.

Areas of the college – rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – were left without heating and some rooms were flooded.

It comes as temperatures across the city dipped to -4C overnight.

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Black ice and freezing conditions wreaked havoc on motorists and residents.

Roads were closed and a number of accidents were reported due to icy roads.

Manager Paul Swindale said staff were “working hard” to improve the situation at the Hill Lane premises.

In a statement on the Richard Taunton website, he said: “Much of Richard Taunton Sixth Form College remains closed for the remainder of the week due to significant boiler and flooding issues.

“Fortunately, some areas of the college are welcoming and we were able to organize exams and induction days as planned.

“There are also personnel who work in these hot zones.

“We are working hard to get an interim solution by next week so the whole college can be used, we will have more information on this by the end of this week. Keep checking the website for updates.

“I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to remedy this.”

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Tomorrow, all lessons will be online, but some facilities will be made available for students who cannot work from home or need additional support.

All exams scheduled for tomorrow will take place, the college said.

The location of these will be confirmed with those involved and will take place in heated areas.

Free school meals will be available to pick up at the college between 12pm and 2pm tomorrow for students.

All buses and transport will operate as usual for students who have exams or need access to support or IT.

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