You may have seen recent media coverage regarding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and its use in educational settings. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete; because it is weaker than regular concrete, concerns have been raised about its long-term durability. Department for Education (DfE) has recently changed its guidance to education settings on the management of RAAC to take a more precautionary approach and as a result areas in affected spaces will be vacated.
During the last academic year, schools were asked to fill in a questionnaire regarding their estates, which we completed. We do not have any confirmed RAAC in our buildings and have not been asked to close any areas. However, we want to take additional precautions and to ensure the safety of the children, the building will be checked through survey teams from the Trust and the Local Authority to ensure that RAAC has not been used in the construction of any part of our building. We will update parents/carers with any further information.
We have also provided the above update about RAAC in our Information letter for parents.