Children and staff ready to return to flooded Sunderland school + VIDEO

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STAFF worked through the night to clean up classrooms after a school was flooded in heavy storms.

All but two rooms inside Lambton Primary School, in Washington, were damaged by the summer downpours.

Preparing for the new term in one of hte first classrooms to be renovated after flood damage at Lambton Primary School, Helen Purvis ( left ) the school business manager, and Amanda Defty, head teacher.

Preparing for the new term in one of hte first classrooms to be renovated after flood damage at Lambton Primary School, Helen Purvis ( left ) the school business manager, and Amanda Defty, head teacher.

Staff rushed back from an evening conference to stem the muddy flood water and save children’s work and toys.

However, the storms on June 28 left up to six inches of water in rooms.

Once cleared, the flood left behind a filthy smell and residue and led to the closure of the school building for the rest of the term.

Meanwhile, lessons continued, with classes held in an old nursery building on the grounds and at Oxclose School.

Now its pupils are set to return to refurbished rooms as the new academic year approaches.

Carpet fitters are working from dawn until 9pm, with contractor North East Flooring praised by school bosses, while teachers have been in for the past week replacing furniture, books and equipment.

Headteacher Amanda Defty, who has been overseeing the refurbishment with business manager Helen Purvis, said the success of clear-up was down to the teamwork of contractors and staff along with the support of parents and governors.

Mrs Defty said: “A lot has happened in the last week after the bank holiday – all the carpets are being fitted.

“It’s quite rewarding, walking around each classroom, seeing it come together, but it’s taken a lot of hard work.

“Our parents have been superb, and before the break they were very understanding.”

She added: “They did cake sales, they came in with cheques and money they had raised, and the wider community and the governors have been very supportive.”

Asda, at The Galleries, also offered cleaning supplies and plastic storage boxes to pack up resources and equipment, as well as collecting £1,247 as part of a fund-raising drive.

The cash will go towards replacing toys.

Repair work is also being carried out on the rubberised surface of a play area.

The cost of the damage is not yet known.