RACC response supports pupils attending local schools

27 November 2023

Thurrock Council has been working with schools across the borough as they respond to issues affecting buildings containing Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

Cllr Adam Carter, Cabinet Member for Education, recently visited St Clere's Secondary School and Thameside Primary School to see what action they had taken and praised the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust for their exceptional work in difficult times.

Within the Trust, 4 out of 12 schools have been affected by RAAC. The council has worked hand in hand with the trust, offering support whenever it's needed.

Cllr Carter said: "It's hard to realistically say the Trust could have done better with the hand they were dealt, they are by far the most affected Trust in the borough and have managed to mitigate every challenge they have had."

New high-quality temporary buildings have been added to St. Clere's Secondary School with the aim to return all pupils back to full face-to-face learning. This work is nearing completion.

Cllr Carter added: "These are exceptional buildings that provide 26 new classrooms and have been constructed at a fantastic rate which will enable every student to continue face-to-face learning.

"I have nothing but praise for the high standard of work carried out by all staff at the Osborne Academy Trust and thank them for ensuring education will always come first no matter how challenging the situation becomes. Due to the high level of communication from the Trust to the parents, everyone is aware of what is happening and are happy with the outcomes."

Cllr Carter also visited Thameside Primary School and its new marquee, which is used by the school to provide a breakfast club for disadvantaged children. The club was at risk of not having a home because of the presence of RAAC in school buildings.

Cllr Carter said: "The marquee is of the highest standard with heating that makes it feel very cosy and comfortable for children.

"I thank Thameside Primary School for letting me visit. I see why the marquee is very popular, has received no complaints and is truly an inviting place. It is good thinking by the academy to continue this fantastic offering."

Photo below: Cllr Carter visits a temporary building.