PLANS have been put in place so pupils at a flooded school in Hereford will be able to return to classes on Tuesday.

Holmer CE Academy, on Holmer Road, suffered flood damage on Sunday as Storm Dennis hit Herefordshire.

Holmer Road was closed for a time, but in the days since the school have been counting the cost of the significant damage to their facilities.

Headteacher Jayne Maund said: "Holmer Primary Academy has been affected by floodwater causing significant damage to the facilities.

"Staff and local contractors have worked tirelessly throughout the half term holiday and parts of the building are now functional. With the support of our neighbours at the Hereford Leisure Centre, arrangements have been put in place to enable the school to continue to operate.

"The school will re-open on Tuesday, February 25 as planned. I would like to thank everyone who has given their time and support this week."

Preschool children will still be able to attend their classes, thanks to Holmer Park Spa and Health Club stepping in to provide teaching space.

A number of classes have been cancelled at the health club, but general manager Steven Chadwick said members have been fully supportive of Holmer Park helping the local community.

"The school are going to the leisure centre and the parish hall I think, but there was nowhere for the preschool," he said.

"I've only been here for five years, but I've never seen the road like that, it's just unprecedented.

"When the lady got in touch with us, obviously you have to ask the right question from the health and safety point of view, but our insurers were supportive, our head office were ever so supportive.

"Our head office is in Norwich, but they want us to do everything we can to support the local community. We've cancelled classes but our members have been really supportive and next week we're really happy to house them."