MP welcomes funding boost for RAAC-affected schools

By Nub News Reporter

10th Feb 2024 | Local News

Stephen Metcalfe (left) with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education Baroness Barran (third from left) discussing future provision with members of the team at Stanford-le-Hope's St Clere's School.
Stephen Metcalfe (left) with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education Baroness Barran (third from left) discussing future provision with members of the team at Stanford-le-Hope's St Clere's School.

FOUR schools in the east of Thurrock that have been affected by the RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) crisis have been told by the government they will receive new investment for major rebuilding and refurbishment projects.

The news that Arthur Bugler Primary School and St Clere's Secondary in Stanford-le-Hope, Ortu Corringham Primary School and East Tilbury Primary School will receive funding has been welcomed by East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe.

All the schools, to varying degrees, have suffered following the advice in September that, due to safety concerns, affected areas on school premises should be closed.

The schools have found a number of solutions, including the erection of temporary buildings and marquees.

The Government has now confirmed the schools will enter into the School Rebuilding Programme and will receive financial support.

Mr Metcalfe said: "The Government has committed to funding major rebuilding projects in  schools affected by RAAC. This is fantastic news and a good result for the local area.

"Improving education is a priority for me in Parliament. Good-quality learning environments are essential for both teachers and children. I look forward to seeing the results of the Rebuilding Programme."

The Department of Education said: "We have confirmed to schools and colleges how we will fund them to remove RAAC permanently. 119 schools are being included within the School Rebuilding Programme where works to remove RAAC are more extensive or complex. 110 schools and colleges will receive grant funding where works will typically be smaller in scale. Five schools and colleges have alternative arrangements in place, for example the building will not be part of the school or college estate over the longer term.

"Our priority will always be to ensure the safety of pupils and staff, which is why we took a cautious approach for schools and colleges. Although the technical advice does not recommend removal in all cases where it is present, we have taken a precautionary approach for the education estate in England to remove RAAC."

     

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