TWENTY-seven more schools have been found to contain reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), meaning the government has had to add mitigation measures.
Education Committee chairman Robin Walker said this morning: “Both I and my cross-party colleagues have heard loudly and clearly the distress and anxiety that this crisis is causing to families and staff at the 100 or more schools that are affected by RAAC.
“We share the feeling of urgency to establish how this situation developed, how and when it can be resolved, and what lessons need to be learnt.
“We look forward to questioning the minister and officials with oversight of capital expenditure on education settings, and testing the Government on its answers to those vital questions.”
The updated list of suggests 24 schools in England have had to offer some remote learning because of RAAC issues.
The DfE said 148 of the 174 education settings confirmed to have collapse-risk concrete are offering full-time, face-to-face learning to all pupils.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “We are taking a cautious approach so every parent in England can be reassured their child is safe in their school.
“School and local leaders deserve huge credit for making sure the vast majority of settings with confirmed RAAC are continuing to offer pupils face-to-face learning – including all of the 147 schools initially identified two weeks ago.
“We will continue to work closely with affected schools and provide both expert and financial support to minimise disruption and keep staff and children safe.”
The newly identified schools as published on 19 September:
Ark John Keats Academy, Enfield, LondonAvenue Centre for Education, LutonBaildon Church of England Primary School, Shipley, West YorkshireBaskerville School, Harborne, BirminghamButtsbury Junior School, Billericay, EssexColyton Grammar School, Colyford, East DevonEldwick Primary School, Bingley, BradfordFarlingaye High School, Woodbridge, SuffolkFarnborough College of Technology, HampshireGrantham College, LincolnshireKingsbury High School, LondonMarling School, Stroud, GloucestershireMaryvale Catholic Primary School, Kingstanding, BirminghamMerrylands Primary School, Laindon, EssexMulberry Stepney Green Mathematics and Computing College, LondonMyton School, WarwickOrtu Corringham Primary School and Nursery,Corringham, Stanford-le-HopeRavens Academy, Clacton-on-Sea, EssexSelworthy Special School, Taunton, SomersetSt Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Market Harborough, LeicestershireSteeple Bumpstead Primary School, Haverhill, SuffolkStepney All Saints Church of England Secondary School, LondonSurrey Street Primary School, Luton, BedfordshireThe Link School, Beddington, Croydon, SurreyThe Macclesfield Academy, Macclesfield Marple Sixth Form College (part of Trafford College Group), Marple, StockportWestlands School, Sittingbourne, Kent