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Charleston Academy closes for the day after burst water pipes cause water damage

By Alasdair Fraser

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Charleston Academy
Charleston Academy

Burst water pipes have forced the closure of an Inverness secondary school.

Charleston Academy’s 700-plus pupils were told not to attend classes after overnight flooding and water damage.

An under 15s football match against Inverness Royal Academy was also postponed.

A school statement on social media said: “Charleston Academy will be closed today to all pupils (Mon 1st Nov).

“We have a number of burst pipes in the school. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

The 48-teacher school, to the west of the city, serves a large catchment area including Kinmylies, Scorguie, Clachnaharry and Leachkin, as well as rural areas including Bunchrew, Lentran, Kirkhill, Beauly, Kiltarlity, Aigas, Glenstrathfarrar, Struy, Abriachan, and Dochgarroch.

It is understood a significant number of outlying pupils had already made the journey to school before notification was made.

The school was contacted for further comment, but senior teaching staff were in meetings.

It is not known as yet when the school will reopen.

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