Autoclaved Reinforced Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools in Wales

Two Anglesey schools have been identified as having RAAC, Ysgol David Hughes and Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi. There are no immediate risks or concerns.

Both schools will now temporarily close so that further safety inspections can be carried out and alternative planning can take place.

We are undertaking further work to check the situation across Wales and a review of the latest information held by local authorities is underway. We hope to have the results in the next two weeks.

Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles said:

“Our primary concern is the safety of students and staff. Since becoming aware of these developments, we have been working urgently with local authorities and the WLGA to ensure that students and staff can return to school safely.

“Some of the new evidence regarding the use of the RAAC was provided to the Welsh Government last night and was immediately shared with Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn to support them in their decision-making process.

“We make these decisions together to ensure the safety of staff and students. Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn and schools are doing all they can to minimize the impact on students. If any of these actions affect you, you will be informed directly by your school.

Councilor Ian Roberts (Flintshire), WLGA education spokesperson, said:

“The WLGA continues to work closely and in regular dialogue with Welsh Government and local authorities on this issue. The safety of teachers, staff and students is our top priority as we seek to establish the full post across Wales.

Anglesey Council leader Cllr Llinos Medi said:

“This is an evolving and emerging national issue. We recognize that this will be disappointing for all staff and students. However, their safety is our main priority. We are putting plans in place for Ysgol David Hughes and Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi to minimize any disruption to children’s education.

“We are working closely with the principals and staff of the schools concerned. Schools will communicate further updates to parents/guardians and young people. Once again, our main priority is to ensure the safety of all our staff and young people.

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