A SCHOOL was forced to close after thieves broke in to steal copper piping from the boiler.
Headteacher Conrad North arrived at work at 6am this morning (Thursday, May 27) to find a pool of water two feet deep in the entrance to the basement.
He and the caretaker called the fire service for assistance and alerted the parents of all 186 pupils that the school would be closed by block text message.
Ian Callister, Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman, said: “When they looked further the two boilers in the school had been badly damaged.
“The reason for this is that people had broken in and stolen copper piping. It had been ripped off the walls.
“We have people on site with the head assessing the damage.
“We are looking at repairs and when we can re-open the school. Fortunately the school was so efficient it contacted all parents by block text.
“Apparently they didn't get any kids turning up for school this morning.”
Conrad North said: “I am shocked and angry so many children's education has been interrupted and so many parents inconvenienced by such mindless behaviour.
“I am working with the local authority to assess the damage and what repairs need to be carried out in order to get the school open again as quickly as possible.”