PUPILS have been taught in a school hall for almost a month after their classroom roof sprung a leak.

Year 1 youngsters at Highfields Primary School in Lawford have had to vacate their classroom after water damage appeared.

They are now being taught in the school hall but parents want to know when the problem will be resolved.

One mother, who asked not to be named, said: “It is hard enough for them to go to school as it is and to get settled, it’s their first year.

“He is asking me when he is going back to his classroom but I can’t give him an explanation because no-one knows.”

“The teachers have done a fantastic job and have been managing the situation brilliantly.

“Some children are using the IT room and teachers tried to recreate the classroom in the hall. But it is still disruptive for our children. “

The water leak is believed to have come from the roof which has been replaced 18 months ago.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “The school is one of 12 primary schools where maintenance is dealt with through the Tendring Public Private Partnership contract.

“However, I can confirm the issue is being dealt with as a matter of urgency.

“Replacement furnishings have been ordered and the remedial work should be completed soon.”