A Northamptonshire primary school has been forced to close due to the detection of RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) Moulton Primary School will shut for all pupils on Monday and Tuesday (September 11 and 12).
Following survey work late last week, the roof of one of the school’s buildings was confirmed to contain RAAC and more information is needed before plans can be formulated to tackle this.
The building in question houses six classrooms, which means alternative arrangements will need to be made for around 180 children. Cllr David Smith is West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services.
He said: “At this stage we are unable to outline how long it will take to remedy this situation, and we are liaising closely with the school to ensure this is done with as little disruption as possible. Children’s safety is our primary concern, though we’re conscious that the short-term closure will cause inconvenience for parents.
“The Department for Education will assign a case worker to help make interim plans so that children can all have the access to education they are entitled to. I’d like to reassure everyone that all agencies are working together to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
“Until we have a clearer idea of what measures might be required to reinforce or replace this building’s roof, we are unable to anticipate the cost, though the Government has assured us that any costs required to correct this issue will be covered.”
RAAC is material used in construction in many buildings between the 1960s and 1990s. It could lead to structural issues in the building and can be prone to collapse over time.
School Acting Headteacher, Lauren Jones, added: “We are working closely with West Northamptonshire Council to understand the full implications of this and what we can do to provide contingency plans which limit the impact on our pupils’ education.”