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Moulton Primary School confirmed to be affected by RAAC

Early years, schools and education

11 September 2023

Moulton Primary School

Moulton Primary School has had to announce its closure for all pupils on Monday and Tuesday (11 and 12 September) for further tests due to the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

Following survey work late last week, the roof of one of the school’s buildings was today 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.

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.
Cllr David Smith, West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services

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.

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.Lauren Jones, School Acting Headteacher
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