Hardwick Primary could have RAAC in one area of the school
The new term will start as planned on Tuesday, but no hot meals will be available
Hardwick Primary School could potentially have reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete – which is known as RAAC – in part of the building.
Banbury FM understands that RAAC might be in the roof of the kitchen area. The school will reopen for the new term tomorrow as planned, but as a result of having to close off the area where RAAC may be present no hot meals will not be available. A cold packed meal will be provided to all children entitled to a free lunch.
RAAC has hit the headlines in recent days after areas in a number of schools were deemed unsafe due to the potential for RAAC to weaken and collapse.
Hardwick Primary School is part of the GLF Schools Academy.
A GLF Schools spokesperson told us: “As of Monday 4 September, GLF Schools has one school where there is confirmed RAAC, and a further five schools where there are areas which we cannot yet confirm are free of RAAC. Of the five schools requiring further investigation, three of these have only limited areas affected.
“For all these schools, parents have been informed of the arrangements that have been put in place as a result of these areas being out of use. We are arranging additional surveys where required to inform further actions.
“GLF Schools had been working with the Department for Education over the last few months to identify where RAAC may be present in our schools and had followed their guidance about any required remedial actions. We have now taken further actions following their most recent updated guidance and will keep parents informed as further surveys are completed.
“Hardwick Primary School has some areas that we cannot yet confirm are free of RAAC. Further survey work has been arranged to confirm the exact extent of any RAAC and the required remedial works necessary.
“The school will open as planned to all children but the area of the school which is currently closed will impact the school caterers and the school is not currently able to provide cooked meals. A cold packed meal will be provided to all children entitled to a free lunch.
“Further surveys have been arranged to clarify longer term plans for the school and we will provide updates to parents as more information is known.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam