THE head of a school attacked by arsonists has praised the work of contractors who repaired the damage.
Building group Jarvis has come under fire several times in the past from the union Unison and a number of head teachers over the standard of the work done under a public private partnership scheme with Kirklees Council.
The company has a 25-year repair and maintenance contract for 20 schools in Kirklees.
The praise came from Mr Alan Gaunt, head teacher at Rawthorpe High School, Huddersfield, who said Jarvis had brought in sub-contractors and worked throughout the night after the fire at the school on Sunday, November 30.
Mr Gaunt said: "The corridor and four classrooms were back in use within a week."
"They had to clean everything and computers had to be repaired along with the fire damage.
"The electrics had to be replaced and rewired, lighting had to be redone, all the paint work, which had only recently been finished, had to be repainted and there were new carpets and new flooring."
The full Jarvis refurbishment of the school is now almost complete.
A new hall has been built and there are new offices.
The work has taken almost two years.
Mr Gaunt said: "We have got a better school than we had two years ago.
"The work has been slow at times and we have questioned the quality but this latest work has been excellent."
Two people have been charged in connection with the fire.