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School’s out in Lewes as Mumford and Sons festival moves in
10:39am Thursday 11th July 2013 in News
More than 1,100 pupils will miss a day of class because their school field has been designated a campsite for a music festival.
Pupils at East Sussex County Council-run Priory School in Mountfield Road, Lewes, learnt on Monday that they would miss a day of classes on July 19 because the town is hosting the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour.
Mumford and Sons, British Sea Power and other bands will play in Lewes, and Mountfield Road will be closed – meaning it is hard for pupils to go to school.
On top of this their school fields will become a campsite.
In a letter to parents, Priory School headteacher Tony Smith and chairman of governors Pauline Quinton said: “As you may be aware Lewes is hosting the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour.
“Over the past two weeks we have been engaged in undertaking a risk assessment in partnership with East Sussex County Council and Lewes District Council.
“We have had to assess the challenges of opening the school on Friday, July 19. We are sorry that we have to take this action and appreciate that it will result in inconvenience to you, however this decision has only been taken after extensive consultation with East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and the police.”
A Lewes District Council spokeswoman said: “This is not a matter for Lewes District Council to comment on, more a matter for East Sussex County Council as the education authority and Priory School.”
East Sussex County Council declined to comment.
See The Guide, free with The Argus on Friday, July 19, for an interview with Mumford and Sons.
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