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Raac school closures: Updated list of schools with reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete

At least 214 schools around the UK have been impacted by the Raac (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) crisis, according to new information from the Department for Education.

Based on the latest DfE updates, more than 40 schools have been added to the list since the last review.

In recent weeks, the Raac issue has disrupted the education of thousands of pupils, with many being forced to learn from home or move.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) is a lightweight building material used from the 1950s up to the mid-1990s, but is now assessed to be at risk of collapse.

You can also see the full list of education settings with confirmed Raac on the government website.

The Department for Education has previously said it had contacted 104 more schools after 52 of the initial 156 educational settings containing the concrete had taken protective steps. At the time, Gillian Keegan, the secretary of state for education, said 1,500 schools are yet to return building surveys.

The list covers state-funded schools, maintained nursery schools, and further education colleges.

It is divided into two sections, according to the action currently being taken to deal with the concrete.

1) Schools where all pupils are receiving face-to-face learning, either on-site or nearby:

  • Atherton St George's CofE Primary School

  • Bushey and Oxhey Infant School

  • Camborne College (part of Cornwall College)

  • Cann Hall Primary School

  • Cheddington Combined School

  • Christ Church Church of England Academy

  • Churchfield CofE Academy

  • Crossflatts Primary School

  • Dean Trust Rose Bridge

  • Dixons Broadgreen Academy

  • Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, a Voluntary Academy

  • Elm Hall Primary School

  • Exmouth Community College

  • Golden Flatts Primary School

  • Gordano School

  • Greenway Junior School

  • Havant Academy

  • Kings College Guildford

  • Knuzden St Oswald's Church of England Primary Academy

  • Links Academy

  • Manningtree High School

  • Newmarket Academy

  • Peterborough College (part of Inspire Education Group)

  • Priory Primary School, Bicknacre

  • Shelley College, A Share Academy

  • Shoeburyness High School

  • Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

  • Southview School

  • Spring Meadow Primary School & School House Nursery

  • St Aloysius RC College

  • St Anne's Catholic Primary School

  • St Bernard's RC Primary School, Bolton

  • St Edward's Catholic Academy

  • St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School

  • St Mary's Priory RC Infant School

  • St Stephen and All Martyrs' CofE School, Lever Bridge

  • Stowupland High School

  • Thameside Primary School

  • The Grove Primary Academy

  • The Magna Carta School

  • Watford Grammar School for Boys

  • Westside School

  • Winchmore School

  • Ark John Keats Academy

  • Avenue Centre for Education

  • Baildon Church of England Primary School

  • Baskerville School

  • Buttsbury Junior School

  • Colyton Grammar School

  • Eldwick Primary School

  • Farlingaye High School

  • Farnborough College of Technology

  • Grantham College

  • Kingsbury High School

  • Marling School

  • Marple Sixth Form College (part of Trafford College Group)

  • Maryvale Catholic Primary School

  • Merrylands Primary School

  • Mulberry Stepney Green Mathematics and Computing College

  • Myton School

  • Ortu Corringham Primary School and Nursery

  • Ravens Academy

  • Selworthy Special School

  • St Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy

  • Steeple Bumpstead Primary School

  • Surrey Street Primary School

  • The Link School

  • The Macclesfield Academy

  • Westlands School

  • Abbey Lane Primary School

  • All Saints C of E Primary School

  • Altrincham College

  • Anglo European School

  • Ark Boulton Academy

  • Arthur Bugler Primary School

  • Aston Manor Academy

  • Barnes Farm Junior School

  • Batley Girls High School

  • Baynards Primary School

  • Beehive Lane Community Primary School

  • Bentfield Primary School and Nursery

  • Birchington Church of England Primary School

  • Bishop Douglass School Finchley

  • Bispham Endowed Church of England Primary School

  • Broomfield Primary School

  • Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School

  • Canon Slade School

  • Carmel College

  • Cherry Tree Academy

  • Chipping Ongar Primary School

  • Clacton County High School

  • Claydon High School

  • Cleeve Park School

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

  • Cranbourne

  • Danetree Primary School

  • Denbigh School

  • Donnington Wood Infant School and Nursery Centre

  • East Bergholt High School

  • East Tilbury Primary School

  • Elmstead Primary School

  • Eversley Primary School

  • Ferryhill School

  • Godinton Primary School

  • Great Leighs Primary School

  • Great Tey Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

  • Hadleigh High School

  • Harlowbury Primary School

  • Harwich and Dovercourt High School

  • Hatfield Heath Primary School

  • Henham and Ugley Primary and Nursery School

  • Hillhouse CofE Primary School

  • Hockley Primary School

  • Holcombe Grammar School

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy

  • Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Eight Ash Green and Aldham

  • Hornsey School for Girls

  • Hounsdown School

  • Jerounds Primary Academy

  • Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport

  • Katherine Semar Infant School

  • Katherine Semar Junior School

  • Katherines Primary Academy and Nursery

  • King Ethelbert School

  • Kingsdown School

  • Lambourne Primary School

  • Langney Primary Academy

  • Lubbins Park Primary Academy

  • Markyate Village School and Nursery

  • Mayflower Primary School

  • Mersea Island School

  • Mistley Norman Church of England Primary School

  • Myatt Garden Primary School

  • Northampton International Academy

  • Our Lady's Catholic High School

  • Outwoods Primary School

  • Palmarsh Primary School

  • Park View School

  • Parks Primary School

  • Petroc

  • Pippins School

  • Prince Albert Junior and Infant School

  • Redhill School

  • Royal College Manchester (Seashell Trust)

  • Sale Grammar School

  • Sandbach School

  • Seven Mills Primary School

  • Shawfield Primary School

  • Sir Thomas Boughey Academy

  • Springfield Primary School

  • St Andrew's CofE Primary School, Over Hulton

  • St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Harlow Green

  • St Bartholomew's Catholic Primary School, Swanley

  • St Benet's Catholic Primary School, Ouston

  • St Columba's Catholic Primary School, Wallsend

  • St Elizabeth's Catholic Voluntary Academy

  • St Francis' Catholic Primary School

  • St Francis Catholic Primary School, South Ascot

  • St Gregory's Catholic Science College

  • St Helena School

  • St Ignatius College

  • St James' Catholic Primary School, Hebburn

  • St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

  • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Town End Farm, Sunderland

  • St John Catholic Primary School

  • St John Vianney Catholic Primary School, West Denton

  • St John Vianney RC Primary School

  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

  • St Lawrence Church of England Primary School, Rowhedge

  • St Mary and St John Junior and Infant School

  • St Michael's Catholic School

  • St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton

  • St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

  • St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School

  • St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon

  • St William of York Catholic Primary School

  • Stanway Fiveways Primary School

  • Sunny Bank Primary School

  • Tendring Technology College

  • The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

  • The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

  • The FitzWimarc School

  • The Gilberd School

  • The Holy Family Catholic School, a Voluntary Academy

  • The Palmer Catholic Academy

  • The Ramsey Academy, Halstead

  • The Thomas Lord Audley School

  • Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary and Nursery Academy

  • Thurston Community College

  • Waddesdon Church of England School

  • Wallingford School

  • Water Lane Primary Academy

  • Welbourne Primary School

  • Wells Park School

  • White Court School

  • White Hall Academy and Nursery

  • Widford School

  • Winter Gardens Academy

  • Wood Green Academy

  • Woodkirk Academy

  • Woodville Primary School

  • Wyburns Primary School

2) Schools where pupils are receiving a mix of remote and on-site learning:

  • Stepney All Saints Church of England Secondary School

  • Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre

  • The Honywood Community Science School

  • The London Oratory School

  • The Billericay School

  • The Bromfords School

  • St Leonard's Catholic School, Durham

  • St Clere's School

  • St Bede's Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College

  • Scalby School

  • Roding Valley High School

  • Hatfield Peverel St Andrew's Junior School

At three other schools, Brandhall Primary School, The Appleton School, and Cockermouth School, Raac was present but, following initial tests, have now been classed as not having the dangerous concrete.

How many schools are being closed?

There are more than 214 schools which have been confirmed as containing the Raac type of concrete, according to the DfE’s most recent list (learn more about the concrete here).

The department previously confirmed that 52 buildings were at risk of a sudden collapse, thus steps were taken to keep them safe, like bolstering the concrete.

The DfE previously said: “In most cases, children will be able to continue attending school as normal.”

How do I know if my child’s school is affected?

Our list has mentioned all the schools impacted but schools and other education settings will let parents know directly if there is any change to the start of term.

Not all schools that employ Raac in their structures must shut down.

Some buildings might only have concrete in one, for instance, forcing the closure of a few classes.

If the concrete is in a limited enough area, other people might be able to continue their schooling with little interruption.

Why are schools closing?

The Government has decided to close more than 100 education buildings that have been built using concrete prone to collapse.

Schools with this material have been told they have to introduce new safety measures to make sure students are safe.

The Government hasn’t outlined a timeline for replacing the Raac.

The decision was made after a National Audit Office study in June revealed that the risk of injury or death from a school building collapse was “very likely and critical” in buildings that contained Raac.

How will closures affect students?

Talking about the closures’ impact on students, Ms Keegan explained: “We must take a cautious approach because that is the right thing to do for both pupils and staff.

“The plan we have set out will minimise the impact on pupil learning and provide schools with the right funding and support they need to put mitigations in place to deal with Raac.”

What is Raac and when was it used?

The material, known as reinforced with autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac), is a lightweight material. The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has noted that: “Although called ’concrete’, (Raac) is very different from traditional concrete and, because of the way in which it was made, much weaker.

“Raac was used in schools, colleges, and other building construction from the 1950s until the mid-1990s. It may therefore be found in any school and college building (educational and ancillary) that was either built or modified in this time period.”

Visit the Government site to find out further information.