CLASSROOMS could be out of bounds for six weeks at an Oxford school, after water seeped in and saturated walls and floors.

Cutteslowe Primary School remains closed to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for the third day today, after torrential rain downpours led to flash flooding this week.

It is hoped three of the six affected classrooms and school entrances will reopen on Monday, but pupils in the other rooms will have to move elsewhere in the building during repairs.

Headteacher Jon Gray said he had 'never experienced rain like it in England' when the deluge lashed down after children went home on Tuesday.

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He said: "The water was knee height at the back of the building [outside], about a foot and a half deep, and it came through the walls and doors.

"We were lucky staff were here and managed to move the furniture - if we weren't here, I think it would have been a lot worse.

"It happened so quickly, in about 10 minutes. It was something that we could not stop."

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The water came in despite drains outside being in working order and unblocked, with huge droplets hammering off the roof and field.

Mr Gray said while the school site outside had flooded before, it has never before been so bad that the water has entered the building.

He said three classrooms downstairs were 'significantly damaged' and will likely be out of use for between five and six weeks

Fringford CE Primary School near Bicester also had to close due to flooding on Tuesday, and a post on its website revealed that it will remain closed until Monday.

The post said they had suffered 'extensive flooding throughout the school.'

At Cutteslowe, nursery and reception pupils have been going to class as normal, as that part of the building was not flooded.

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However, about 300 pupils in other years have been affected by the closure.

Photos taken after the flash flood hit show classroom floors covered in murky rainwater, with children's raincoats and wellies lined at the entrance after wet weather earlier in the day.

The insurance should cover the damage but Mr Gray said the key concern now is considering if further action needs to be taken, to avoid flooding happening again.

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Staff are in the process of moving furniture into other unaffected rooms to accommodate displaced pupils.

They have also brought in sandbags, wary of more heavy rain forecast again for Oxford last night.

Tests will be carried out on two of the classrooms with a plywood floor, to check that the insulation underneath has not been damaged, while heaters and dehumidifiers are in use to try to dry out the moisture.

Mr Gray thanked staff for their 'amazing' clean-up effort and parents for their offers of support.

When storms hit Oxfordshire on Tuesday afternoon, the county had been covered by a yellow Met Office weather warning for rain, along with several flood alerts.