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Nine Suffolk schools are now known to contain RAAC with new additions of Glade Academy, near Thetford, and Stour Valley Community School, near Sudbury





Two more Suffolk schools have appeared on a Government list of those with confirmed RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete).

Glade Academy, in Brandon, near Thetford, and Stour Valley Community School, in Clare, near Sudbury, feature in the updated list of settings with confirmed RAAC, a lightweight form of concrete, as of November 27.

It says all pupils at both schools are in face-to-face education, which could be onsite or nearby.

Stour Valley Community School in Clare. Picture: Google Maps
Stour Valley Community School in Clare. Picture: Google Maps

Other Suffolk schools already confirmed to contain RAAC are Stowupland High School, near Stowmarket, Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, Hadleigh High School, in Hadleigh, near Sudbury, Claydon High School, near Ipswich, East Bergholt High School, Newmarket Academy, and Thurston Community College, near Bury St Edmunds.

However, remedial works have already taken place at Thurston and the areas have been signed off as safe to use and the building in question at Newmarket Academy continues to be safe after action was taken when RAAC was discovered there three years ago.

Stowupland High School is among those that have had to use temporary buildings following the discovery of the concrete.

Glade Academy in Brandon. Picture: Google Maps
Glade Academy in Brandon. Picture: Google Maps

Commenting on the increase in the number of education settings with confirmed RAAC, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Behind these statistics, there will be school and college leadership teams, staff, and students dealing with a very difficult situation.

“It is to their immense credit that they are managing this disruption so well and that education is continuing to be delivered across all settings.

“The Government’s handling of this issue has not been so exemplary however, and this was compounded by the recent Autumn Statement in which no extra capital funding was provided to address the RAAC crisis.

“This means that the cost of replacing buildings affected by RAAC must come from a pot of money that was already nowhere enough to deal with the £11.4 billion backlog of work needed across the rest of school estate even before the RAAC issue.

“RAAC-affected schools and colleges need certainty over funding not just for temporary mitigation works but for long-term solutions. The Government must also commit to capital spending in general which addresses years of underinvestment in education.”