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Southampton Sixth Study College temporarily closed due to boiler problems and ‘extensive’ flooding.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College will remain closed for the rest of the week to its 800 students after issues with the boiler and flooding.

Areas of the college – rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – were left unheated and some rooms were flooded.

This comes as temperatures across the city dropped to -4°C overnight.

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The black ice and freezing conditions created chaos for motorists and residents.

Roads have been closed and a number of accidents have been reported due to icy roads.

Principal Paul Swindell said staff were “working hard” to improve the situation at the Hill Lane premises.

In a statement on the Richard Taunton website, he said: “A large part of Richard Taunton Sixth Form College remains closed for the rest of the week due to boiler problems and extensive flooding.

“Fortunately, there are some warm spots in the college, and we were able to run exams and boarding days as planned.

“There are also some employees working in these warm regions.

“We are working hard to have a temporary solution by next week so the whole college can benefit, and we will have more information on this by the end of this week. Keep checking the website for updates.

“I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please be assured that we do our best to make this right.”

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Tomorrow, all lessons will be online but some facilities will be provided for students who cannot work from home or need additional support.

The college said all exams scheduled for tomorrow will go ahead.

The location of those will be confirmed with those affected and will happen in hot spots.

Free school meals will be available for collection from the college between 12pm and 2pm tomorrow for students.

All buses and transportation will run as normal for students who have exams or need access to support or IT.

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