A TEENAGE girl has been arrested in connection with the fire which badly damaged a gym and changing rooms at Sherburn High School earlier this week.

North Yorkshire Police, who are investigating the blaze with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, said the girl had been arrested and released under investigation while inquires continued.

News of the arrest came as the school prepares to reopen to students tomorrow, although Year 6 pupils from local primary schools - who usually spend the last three weeks of the summer term there to get accustomed to life in a secondary school and who returned to their primary schools after the fire - will remain in their primary schools tomorrow.

North Yorkshire County Council said they will be updated about further arrangements in due course.

Staff have been working with council staff on the clean-up operation.

Head teacher Maria Williams said the support from the local community had continued to be 'phenomenal' and Friends of Sherburn High School (FOSH) had set up a Go Fund Me fundraiser in response to all the generous offers of donations.

“This has been a very difficult time but everybody has pulled together," she said. "We are looking forward to getting on with teaching and learning and with all the exciting things we have lined up for the end of term, including our theatre production and overseas residential trips."