We have taken a few calls and emails to ask if we are affected by the issues around RAAC concrete which look likely to force hundreds of schools to close or partially close, possibly for several weeks.

An outline of that here, from today’s Independent:

Calls have been made for the Department for Education (DfE) to release the full list of schools that have been ordered to close over safety fears.

Pupils across the country will be forced to resume their studies either online or in temporary facilities, after the government ordered more than 100 schools to close immediately following fears over a type of concrete, described as “80 per cent air” and “like an Aero Bar”.

Known as reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), the dangerous material was used to construct schools, colleges, and other buildings between the Fifties and mid-Seventies in the UK, but has since been found to be at risk of collapse.

We have had no communiciation from the DfE on this, which we assume means our school has none of the problematic substance. This makes perfect sense as the main part of our school was rebuilt in the early 2000s and the older part is a 1970s CLASP construction, deliberately designed for mining areas and therefore very light and without concrete.

School will re-open to children on Wednesday the 6th as planned. There looks likely to still be some ongoing works on the exciting new playground developments, but we will manage access accordingly and inform you of any changes, likely to be minor, to the morning and afternoon routines nearer the time. The playground shold be greaty when complete and really improve the environment for the children. The new strcutures are nearing completion and the next phase is some resurfacing with softer materials. We have also had a lot of work done internally, particulary to further develop spaces in which to support children with the most profound specials needs and/or disability – those who by necessity spend a lot of time out of their classroom base..