The Flood of 2020
In August 2020, following several weeks of hot weather, Merstham Village was engulfed by not one, but two successive thunderstorms only a few minutes apart. Described as a once in a 100 year event, the school suffered catastrophic flooding. Approximately 80% of the school was affected.
In September 2020, only three classes operated on the Merstham Primary School site. The other children were located at Lime Tree Primary School, Merstham Park Secondary School, and Chart Wood School. In November 2020 all the children returned to the school site – with 4 classes in temporary accommodation. The children are now all in the main building, and the building has returned to full use.
During the summer term of 2020, our children learned about flood prevention. As part of an initiative set up to reduce flood risk, the DfE collaborated with us on a SuDS raised planter project at our school. It ensures that we 'slow the flow' of water entering the surrounding areas of our school and it will improve the environment for local wildlife.
In September 2021, our school fully opened after experiencing a turbulent year. Our children are thoroughly enjoying the community spirit again and take a keen interest in protecting our school environment. We look forward to showing off our new school makeover and SuDS planters to visitors.