Vandals target additional needs school

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A SOUTHSIDE school for pupils with additional support needs has been forced to close following a fire.

Hollybrook Academy in Govanhill – which provides services for other southside schools – was shut to its 140 pupils yesterday and today as Glasgow city council assess the damage caused by the Sunday morning blaze.

The fire is thought to have taken place at 1am on Sunday morning, following a break in, and Strathclyde police are treating the incident as suspicious and have launched an investigation.

A council spokesman said: “It is despicable that vandals would set fire to any school. But this is particularly cruel as Hollybrook is a school for vulnerable young people with additional support needs and they will now lose two valuable days of their education.

“We would urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact the police.

“In the meantime, the council will be carrying out a full assessment of the damage.”

The fire follows GCC’s announcement last week of a five year, £250 million refurbishment project for Glasgow schools – of which Hollybrook was named one of the first, to be tackled this year.