Schools closed today: full list of concrete RAAC closures at start of new term
- 104 schools and colleges must close partially or completely
- It comes as the children prepare to return to school after summer vacation.
- Has your school also announced its closure? Please email: [email protected]
By Rhiannon James and Mark Duell
Update: 2:09 p.m. EDT, September 4, 2023
As the new term begins, more than 100 schools and colleges in England have been told to partially or fully close their buildings due to fears that concrete could suddenly collapse.
Despite mounting pressure, the The government has refused to publicly reveal the 104 establishments that have been ordered to close their buildings, because thousands of students face a disrupted back to school.
Pupils in Es___ are the worst affected, with at least 18 schools or collages said to be affected.
MailOnline has compiled a list based on reports and contacts received from parents. Those affected were told schools would contact them to alert them to any issues before their children returned to school.
Ministers have been urged to ‘be transparent’ about the scale of the problems with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and critics have said the problem could be much wider.
RAAC was a lightweight building material used in the 1950s through the mid-1990s, but is now believed to be at risk of collapse.
The Ministry of Education has contacted the 104 schools following the analysis of new cases after 52 out of 156 concrete schools have taken protective measures so far this year.
The government has yet to publish the list of affected schools, although Education Secretary Gillian Keegan told MPs on Monday it would be published “this week”.
Official guidance has been issued to schools, nurseries and colleges – which have now been told the government will fund emergency accommodation.
|Number of educational institutions with confirmed RAAC||156|
|Number of educational institutions with mitigation measures in place||52|
|Number of countries in which mitigation measures are in place||104|
SCHOOLS PARTIALLY OR TOTALLY CLOSED BY CONCRETE FEARS
- Hockley Primary School, Rochford
- Honywood School, Colchester
- Mistley Norman Church of England Primary School, Manningtree
- St Andrews Secondary School, Hatfield Peverel
- Kingsdown School, Southend-on-Sea
- Stanway Fiveways Primary School, Colchester
- Honeywood Community School, Braintree
- Baynards Primary School, Tiptree
- Thurstable School, Tiptree
- Academy of Winter Gardens, Canvey Island
- Woodville Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers
- The Gilberd School, Colchester
- Appleton School, Benfleet
- Katherines Primary Academy, Harlow
- White Hall Academy, Clacton-on-Sea
- Ramsey Academy, Halstead
- Ravens Academy, Clacton-On-Sea
- St Clere School, Stanford-le-Hope
- East Bergholt Secondary School, Colchester
- The Billericay School, Billericay
- Arthur Bugler Primary School, Stanford le Hope
- Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow
Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin said eight schools in his constituency of Harwich and North Es___ could be affected by the practical problem, but these were not named.
- Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, Leicester
- Parks Primary School, Leicester
- Mayflower Primary School, Leicester
- Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Brixton
- St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, Brent
- Link Secondary School, Croydon
- Crossflatts Primary School, Bradford
- Eldwick Primary School, Bradford
- Abbey Lane Primary School, Sheffield
- Scalby School, Scarborough
- Ferryhill School, Ferryhill
- St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College, Easington
- St. Leonard’s Catholic School, Durham
- St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Darlington
- Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark
- Carnarvon Primary School, Bingham
- Wood Green Academy, Wednesdaybury
- Waddesdon Church of England Secondary School, Waddesdon
- ___ermouth School, ___ermouth
Councils in other areas said none of their schools were affected. These are:
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