Teachers from a Kensington school have offered their services to the community as volunteers continue to flock to community centres to assist the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Kensington Aldridge Academy staff spent Wednesday (June 14) and Thursday (June 15) helping collect, sort and deliver items for residents of the devastating fire that shook the community.

Director of learning Laurence Kavanagh said: We have 25 teachers who have all come down today [Thursday] to support the community.

"We wanted to help in any way because it's disastrous what happened. We have a WhatsApp group where each person is talking about who and what is required and where.

"We arrived at work yesterday [Wednesday] and we decided to help. The staff didn't have to stop but everyone volunteered. Everyone is working really, really hard."

The academy issued a statement, saying: "Like other parts of this close-knit community, Kensington Aldridge Academy has been deeply affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

"We will do everything in our power to help and comfort students, members of staff and local residents.

"As Kensington Aldridge Academy is next door to Grenfell Tower, we currently cannot use our building and we do not know when we will be able to access the premises.

"In these circumstances, it is not possible for us to open on Thursday and we do not anticipate being able to open on a fully operational basis at Silchester Road in the immediate future.

"We will share this information with all our students, their families and our staff as soon as possible."

Students supported

The statement said in the intervening time, the school would operate out of neighbouring facilities - primarily Burlington Danes Academy (BDA).

"This will start on Friday [June 16] with a series of assemblies at BDA, and with lessons beginning again on Monday [June 19]," said the school.

"For our Year 12 students, who are taking their AS-level exams, we have arranged for these to take place at BDA also.

"We are providing help to any students who feel unable to take exams at this time. You will understand that sorting out these arrangements is not straightforward and we will be advising everyone as soon as we have detailed plans in place."

' Integral role'

The statement added: "Our school plays an integral role within the local community and our teachers and support staff are today visiting local community centres in order to offer their support to students and young people in the area who have gathered there.

"We are also working with the borough to support people to seek shelter at the community centres.

"The council has offered to help with transport to school for those families in temporary accommodation.

"If any student needs assistance, please let us know and we will liaise with the council directly."

Sniffer dogs

On Thursday, recovery operations continued at Grenfell Tower.

Sniffer dogs have been sent into the block to find the bodies of victims as it was announced the death toll has risen to 17.

Seventeen people remain in critical care in hospital.

You can follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the fire, including efforts to support and rebuild the lives of those affected.

Get West London has also set up a JustGiving page in aid of those affected.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/grenfell-tower-support.

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