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Fairfields School affected by RAAC

Early years, schools and education

20 September 2023

Fairfields School exterior

Fairfields School will need some work to remove reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from two sections of roof, following surveys.

The school has made alternative arrangements on-site to ensure pupils are able to continue with their education while the necessary work is carried out.

The issue affects changing rooms for a swimming pool, one classroom, and a storage area in a separate part of the site. All other areas have been checked and confirmed safe to use.

Clearly we’re disappointed to find issues at a further school in our area, though it is somewhat of a relief that staff have been able to accommodate all pupils without any major disruption.

We are already working on a solution and will ensure the necessary work is carried out as quickly as possible, to help the school return to normal operation.
Cllr Fiona Baker, West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education

Contractors have already been mobilised to carry out the necessary work and are currently assessing what is involved and how long this might take.

The Department for Education has been informed of the news and will offer support to ensure the work required is carried out in a timely fashion.

This will naturally cause concern for some parents, so I would like to reassure everyone that children’s safety is our priority.

The affected parts of the school have been isolated, and the rest of our buildings have been deemed safe for us to use. We will be sure to keep parents informed whenever we have any updates.
Lesley Elder, Fairfields School Headteacher
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