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List of schools affected by specific safety concerns


More than 100 schools in England have been ordered to close in whole or in part because they are fitted with concrete that could suddenly collapse.

Reinforced aerated concrete (raac) is a lightweight building material that was used from the 1950s to the mid-1990s but is now classified as being at risk of collapse.

On Thursday, the education ministry said it had contacted 104 more schools after 52 of the 156 educational institutions where the concrete was found took protective measures so far this year.

The Government has not yet released a list of the schools affected, although Education Secretary Gillian Keegan told MPs on Monday it would be released “later this week”.

Here, the PA news agency lists some of the schools.


– Honeywood School, Colchester, Essex Some 22 classrooms have been closed with immediate effect, with grades taking a mix of distance and face-to-face learning.

– Jerounds Primary School, Harlow, EssexThe school remains open, although Raac was found in the school’s kitchen while it is being reinforced with steel structure, BBC News reported.

– Katherine’s Primary Academy, Harlow, Essex, has reportedly closed its main building.

– Clacton County High School, EssexOn Monday the school will remain closed to all students. On Tuesday it is only open to 7th grade students, all other children have online classes. From Wednesday to Friday, the school is only open for the 7th and 11th graders, other years learn online.

– Kingsdown School in Southend, EssexLouise Robinson, Headmistress at Kingsdown School, said the school will be closed next week for aerated concrete.

– East Tilbury Primary School, Thurrock, EssexSome parts of the school will be closed with first year pupils being relocated to a shared block with reception and second year pupils being relocated to the gymnasium.

– Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School, EssexThe school is closed until Monday 11th September whilst alternative teaching options are organised.

– Thameside Primary School, Essex anticipates a delay in reopening until 11 September. Parts of the school have been closed, affecting a significant number of classrooms.

– East Bergholt High School, Colchester, Essex School decides whether to delay reopening or partially close.

– Thurstable School and Sixth Form, EssexNo students at school on Wednesday, with online learning from home. Grade 7 is expected to be at school on Thursday, grades 7, 11, 12 and 13 on-site on Friday, with distance learning being offered for the other grades.

– The Billericay School, Essex A number of classrooms will be unavailable during the refurbishment work, temporarily reducing the on-site school’s teaching capacity, it said.

– Appleton School, EssexBBC News has reported that the school’s Tower, North and South blocks will be vacated, while 8th, 9th and 10th graders will be earmarked for online home learning from Wednesday to Friday.

– Woodville Primary School, Chelmsford, EssexThe school is closed until September 11, BBC News reported.

– Arthur Bugler Primary School, Thurrock, EssexBBC News reports that the building will be closed for Years 4, 5 and 6 at the start and the new school year could be delayed for those years.

– Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School, Essex The start of term has been postponed to 11 September for all students to allow for alternative teaching arrangements to be organised.

– The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, EssexNo pupils will be on site on Monday or Tuesday, BBC News reported.

– Gilberd School, Colchester, Essex plans to reopen on 11 September for Years 8-11 and Tuesday 12 September for Years 7. The school hopes that makeshift classrooms will be added while the roof work is carried out.

– St Andrew’s Junior School, Hatfield Peverel, Essex, will not close until mid-September at the earliest and will need makeshift classrooms, BBC News reported.

– Hockley Primary School, Essex has been closed since 11 June and some grades are being sent to other schools.

– Ramsey Academy, Halstead, EssexBBC News has reported four classrooms will not be used until safety measures are in place.

– Ravens Academy, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex Expected to be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

– Canteen staff at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, Essex can only attend to students receiving free school meals. Other students are being asked to bring a packed lunch, BBC News reported. Some vintages should learn from home on Thursday and Friday, it said.

– Tendring Technology College, Frinton Campus, Essex 10th, 11th and sixth graders now start later, 11th September.

– Hadleigh High School, SuffolkOn Friday, the Ipswich school told parents it was impacted and “must consider postponing reopening or partial closure until the issue is resolved”.

– Farlingaye High School, Woodbridge, SuffolkSome classrooms are out of order and reopening may have to be postponed.

– Claydon High School, SuffolkThe Ipswich school is considering postponing reopening or partial closure until the Raac issue is resolved locally.

– Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester, Essex Areas within Science and Mathematics departments are considered unsafe and 10 out of 47 classrooms are unused. Grades 8, 9 and 10 will be held alternately, with some distance learning for grade 8.

– The Bromfords School, Wickford, Essex Some 15 classrooms – just over 20% of the school’s total classrooms – are now inaccessible to staff and students, as are a number of student toilets and sports changing rooms, the school said. Year 7 students will continue to be welcomed on Friday, while new Year 12 students will enroll on Wednesday as usual.

The school said it is confident that it will be able to welcome other grades again from September 11, but that this will likely be on a rotating basis, with distance learning taking place for some students.


– Mayflower Primary School, Leicester Mayflower Primary School is one of three schools in Leicester that have been told they have Raac affected buildings that will need to be taken out of service, Leicester City Council has said.

The school found out before the summer holidays that it was affected, the council said.

– Parks Primary School, LeicesterA “large part” of Parks Primary School in Leicester was forced to close in June after a survey revealed Raac was used in its construction.

Headteacher Caroline Evans told Channel 4 News: “In June we were told that we had Raac throughout the school and that the condition was in critical condition meaning we had to close a large part of our school and only that left open spaces open.” Reception class and two classes of first grade and two classes of second grade.”

Ms Evans was photographed with other staff on Friday in a makeshift staff room set up in a school corridor.

– Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, Leicester Another affected school, Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy on the outskirts of Leicester, has announced it will remain closed on Monday.

– Northampton International Academy, Northampton BBC News says use of the top floor, including 18 classrooms, has been restricted while the sixth form and a staff room are closed during survey work.

– Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark-on-Trent Problems have been identified on site but arrangements are being made to ensure the school opens as planned next week.


– Aston Manor Academy, BirminghamThe academy has announced a delayed start to the academic year as students are now expected on campus no earlier than September 11th.

– Aylesford School, WarwickPrimary school is unaffected but a significant part of the rest of the school will be closed while work is ongoing. Only the seventh graders will be taught on site on Monday, the twelfth graders will return from Wednesday.

– Wood Green Academy, WednesburySome classrooms will remain closed until October.

– Donnington Wood Infant School, Telford, ShropshireTelford and Wrekin Council said additional safety measures, including extra makeshift blankets, were installed at the school after Raac was found. It should remain open.

– Myton School, Warwick, Warwickshire, has postponed the start of the term after telling parents many pupils will not be able to return before 9/11, BBC News reported.

– Outwoods Primary School, Atherstone, North WarwickshireWarwickshire County Council has said it is the only school in its area to be affected by Raac, but it remains open having already put precautionary measures in place.

– Pershore High School, Worcestershire. A temporary building housing a theater classroom and costume shop may be Raac’s and was decommissioned before a specialist survey is conducted.


– St. Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College, Peterlee, County Durham, on Friday, school principal Frances Cessford said part of the building was out of order while safety measures were taken.

– St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Harlow Green, Gateshead announced that the school will be temporarily closed on September 2nd.

– St. Benet’s Catholic Primary School, Ouston, County Durham, announced that the school will be temporarily closed on September 2.

– St. Leonard’s Catholic School, DurhamThe school announced that it will be temporarily closing on September 2nd.

Headmaster Chris Hammill said the top priority is getting children back to school and he is working with the Department of Education to come up with a plan.

He said they were looking at ways to educate students in on-site school buildings that have not been affected by Raac.

An email to the parents, seen by the PA news agency, said they were also in discussions with Durham University about using part of their premises and with Durham County Council about using the old County Hall building.

– Ferryhill School, County Durham, the secondary school has written to parents to tell them the start of the school year will be delayed and most pupils are to be taught remotely from 9/11, ITV News reported.

The start of the new school year will be delayed. Newcomers would start a week late, the rest would be taught online, it said.

– St James Catholic Primary School, Hebburn, South Tyneside On Saturday, principal Francesca Heslop told parents that “the school building is out of service while safety measures are put in place” and that “unfortunately” it will also have to close on Tuesday.

The school announced on Monday that it would also remain closed on Wednesday “while we finalize the arrangements and look for alternative premises”.

– St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, DarlingtonDarlington Borough Council said St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School will not open until September 11 due to security concerns.

– Carmel College, DarlingtonCarmel College has informed parents that the college’s kitchen and library will remain temporarily vacated pending further investigation, Darlington Borough Council said.

It said the college would remain open but there would be disruption in classrooms and limited break and lunch options, with students in grades 7 to 11 being asked to bring a packed lunch with them for the first week.


– Abbey Lane Primary School, Sheffield Work began in July to replace a roof over the school kitchen after it was discovered that Raac was inside, said Sheffield Labor MP Heeley Louise Haigh.

The school is due to reopen on Tuesday and a makeshift kitchen has been installed.

– Eldwick Primary School, Bingley, West YorkshireBradford Council has stated that access to areas of the school where Raac is present is prohibited.

– Crossflatts Primary School at Bingley, near Bradford. Parts of the school where Raac was found are closed and there are plans to provide makeshift classrooms on site, Bradford Council said.

– Scalby School in Scarborough will not reopen until September 11 and is expected to offer a mix of face-to-face and online learning at home. Significant parts of the school are affected and have been taken out of service.


– Cleeve Park School, SidcupBBC News has reported that four classrooms, some administrative offices and the gym will be closed.

– St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive, ElthamTarranged to open from Tuesday as planned but the hall, gymnasium, canteen, drama studio and boys’ and girls’ toilets are affected by RAAC.

The school plans to open mobile toilet blocks and rent a tent as a space for meals and food preparation for the students.

– Pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Brixton are being moved to a makeshift location after Raac was found in a roof, an Aug. 18 statement said.

– The Ellen Wilkinson School, EalingThe science block, old gymnasium, hall and canteen will be cleared and pupils may have to bring packed lunches for a short time, according to newspaper i and BBC News.

Pupils who depend on free school meals are given vouchers. The school remains open.

– The Link School, Beddington, South London. The secondary location is temporarily closed as Raac has been identified in the school hall. The school hopes to reopen to students on Monday 11th September.

– St Mary Magdalene and St Stephen’s CE Primary School, WestminsterThe school has two classrooms that have been affected and Years 5 and 6 will be relocated while the issue is resolved.


– Cockermouth School, Cumbria, will open on Tuesday instead of Monday after Raac concrete was found in four corridors, the library and the sports hall.

– St Bernard’s School, Bolton, Greater Manchester. Scaffolding is being erected to support several areas of the school with Raac which will cause ‘disruption’ until the work is complete. The school will open on September 7, but only if security work is completed in time – otherwise it could reopen on September 11.

– According to local media and BBC News, Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire is reportedly closed on Monday and Tuesday.

– Fulwood Academy in Preston, Lancashire has been closed for two days pending a new survey of the building, Lancashire County Council has confirmed.

The council said no Raac had been identified and the school was closed as a precaution.

– Canon Slade School, Bolton, Greater Manchester Small areas of the school where Raac is located are no longer accessible to students or staff.

The school is open to all students as planned.

– Bispham Endowed Church of England Primary School, Blackpool, LancashireThe school closed its hall due to the Raac poll but was open as usual on Monday, Blackpool Council said.

– St William of York Catholic Primary School, Bolton, Greater ManchesterSome classes have had to temporarily move to other parts of the school ‘for a short period’.

Temporary support structures were erected and a number of portakabins ordered.

The school hopes to open to as many students as possible on September 11th. An update is expected on Wednesday.


– Cranbourne College, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Temporary work has already been carried out on part of the building to ensure safety and another area has been out of service since the beginning of the year, Hampshire County Council said.

The school is expected to open as usual at the beginning of the semester.

– St Francis Catholic Primary School at Ascot, Berkshire. Key second year pupils will be taught in tents at the start of the new term after unsafe concrete was found in the school hall and kitchen, ITV reported.

– St Clere’s School, Stanford-le-Hope, EssexThe high school announced it would be closing most of the main building, which would affect a “significant number” of classrooms, according to an update on its website.

The closures will remain in place until “appropriate remedial actions have been determined and approved by independent assessors,” the school said.

– Greenway Junior School, Horsham, West Sussex: The school will reportedly remain closed to all pupils on Tuesday.

– Waddesdon School, Buckinghamshire The restaurant and possibly areas of the Central Block including the departments of English, History, Religious Studies, Geography, Technology, Music and Theater have been found to have sections of Raac.

Grades 9, 10, 11 and 13 will be homeschooled, while grades 7, 8 and 12 will be able to attend as planned.

– Thomas Bullock Academy School, Shipdham, Norfolk

Norfolk County Council said Raac was found in the school hall. The start of the semester was postponed by one day to allow controls.


– Ysgol David Hughes, Holyhead, Anglesey – Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi, Menai Bridge, Anglesey The Welsh Government said on Monday both schools would be temporarily closed to pupils to allow further safety inspections to be carried out.


The Scottish Government has announced Raac is present in 35 schools, but Prime Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Remedial measures have been put in place to ensure there are no immediate safety concerns for either the pupils or the staff working there.”

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