High school shut by power problem

A POWER failure today prevented students at Stowmarket High School from attending lessons for a second time this week.

A POWER failure today prevented students at Stowmarket High School from attending lessons for a second time this week.

Power to the school was lost yesterday afternoon after reported problems with a nearby sub-station which supplies the surrounding area, affecting nearly 2000 homes.

The lack of electricity meant the decision was taken to send students home at lunchtime.

On Monday the heavy snow fall also disrupted classes on Mondaywhen the school was closed and students stayed at home.


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Despite power being restored to the school late last night the decision was taken for it to remain closed today as many parents had already arranged childcare or to take the day off work.

She added that the boilers would take around three hours to heat up but said the school would be open tomorrow.

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The spokeswoman said: “Apparently there was a problem with the sub-station in the area and so all power to the school was lost.

“It was decided at 1pm to close the school because of the lack of power. EDF Energy engineers were on-site at the school yesterday but it is still closed today.”

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said engineers are working to repair the fault which affected 1893 customers.

She said: “The problem occurred at 12.15pm yesterday when 1893 customers had their power interrupted.

“At 12.34pm 1796 were back on supply and a further 96 had their power restored at 2.30pm, leaving only the school off supply.

“The school's electricity supply was back on at 10.30pm last night and our engineers are on site this morning to repair the fault which caused the original interruption.

“We apologise to the customers who have had their power interrupted as we do understand how inconvenient this can be.”

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