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National guidance on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in schools – council statement

Friday, 1 September 2023

Commenting on the recent reports that RAAC has meant some schools in England won’t open in time for the new term,  a county council spokesperson said:

“Like other councils, we are aware of this issue, and have been working closely with schools and the Department for Education. The safety of our school buildings is vital and we have carried out a range of survey work in line with Government guidance.

“We’d like to assure parents, guardians and pupils across Nottinghamshire that currently we are not aware of any issues across our maintained schools estate which will require the closure or partial closure of a school for the start of school term.

“We are aware that Carnarvon primary school in Bingham, which is maintained by the Council, still requires some further routine checks. No RAAC (concrete) has been found there to date and initial survey work has not identified any immediate issues.  This further work will be undertaken as a priority, and the school is contacting parents directly to update them.

“We are also aware that Holy Trinity primary school in Newark, which is managed by Our Lady of Lourdes Multi Academy Trust, has identified issues on its site.  We are informed that the Trust is currently putting in place arrangements to ensure that it opens as planned for the new term next week. 

“We are continuing to engage with the Department for Education and will keep monitoring the position closely in the new term.  We will also continue to support all schools, whether maintained or academy with any further issues which may arise.”

No RAAC has been identified to date in any public building the council maintains, such as libraries.

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