School pupils and staff supported by Sutton Council following fire on Christmas Day

Published Wednesday, 8th January 2020

Sutton Council is providing ongoing support to Bandon Hill Primary School following a fire on Christmas Day.

London Fire Brigade has indicated that the fire at Bandon Hill Meadowfield site on 25 December 2019 was most likely started in an act of arson. It is not known who started the fire or what motive was behind the act. The investigation is ongoing. The fire damaged two reception classrooms with smoke and water damage to adjacent classrooms in Year 1 and Year 2. 

The school and Council have met with their insurers and buildings companies and work is now underway to restore the infant section of the school. Sutton Council and the insurers are providing a temporary classroom for reception children until the work is completed due to the extent of the work that needs to be carried out in the reception classrooms. 

Although there were initial concerns that children may have needed to be out of school for extended periods, due to the hard work of staff at the school with support provided by the Council the timings for pupils to return to school is now as follows:

  • Year 2 – Woodpeckers and Kingfishers – were able to return to school on Tuesday 7 January as normal;
  • Year 1 – Larks and Wrens – will be able to return to school on Monday 13 January;
  • Reception – Swifts and Mallards – will be able to return on Monday 20 January.

For the families impacted, please contact Sutton's Information Service - which is able to provide help and support to families with finding childcare (if needed) in the interim period. Their contact details are 020 8770 6000, or