Clinics for asbestos concerns

Special health clinics will be held today for Cwmcarn High School pupils and their parents to discuss asbestos concerns.

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Seventy parents want answers on asbestos

More than seventy parents of Cwmcarn High School pupils made appointments to talk to doctors about the potential dangers that their children may have been exposed to.

She basically came home from school and said 'Mam I've been sat in a classroom with a hole in the wall and an asbestos sticker on it'. I mean this was back just before they broke up for the summer. And then the testing was done. What will happen next year? Will the school reopen or will they pull it down? We just don't know.

– Cath Williams, parent

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Health clinics held over Cwmcarn High School

Health Clinics will be held today for pupils and parents to discuss their concerns after asbestos was found at Cwmcarn High School.

This health concerns clinic will provide students and families with the opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have with public health professionals on a one to one basis.

– Dr Gill Richardson, Director of Public Health for Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Meeting to discuss asbestos concerns

Asbestos was found at Cwmcarn High School Credit: ITV News Wales

Special health clinics will be held today for pupils from Cwmcarn High School and their parents to discuss asbestos concerns.

The clinics have been organised by Public Health Wales, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

It comes after the school was closed following an investigation which discovered asbestos in the building.

The clinics will take place between 12pm - 7pm at Risca Rugby Club.

Teaching union calls for investment in school buildings

The National Union of Teachers says that recent concerns about asbestos exposure in Welsh schools highlights the need for investment in school buildings. They say pupils continue to be taught in dilapidated buildings that are not fit for purpose.

In almost every community in Wales you will find schools in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. This is having a noticeable and detrimental impact on education services.

– Secretary of NUT David Evans

Cwmcarn High School was recently shut down when asbestos was discovered in the main block and 900 pupils had to be relocated.

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Cwmcarn pupils back in lessons - in Ebbw Vale

Pupils from Cwmcarn High School, which was closed more than three weeks ago due to concerns over asbestos, are returning to classes today - 12 miles away in Ebbw Vale. 20 coaches are picking them up from the Cwmcarn school this morning to take them to the Coleg Gwent campus.

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Investigations into asbestos concerns are continuing at Cwmcarn High School Credit: ITV News Wales

They will be based there until the end of the academic year, which Caerphilly County Borough Council estimates could cost more than £1,400,000.

The school closed on Friday 12 October, after a structural report raised concerns over unsealed or damaged asbestos, and asbestos debris.

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 pupils have since had lessons in the school's performing arts block. Younger pupils, though, are back in lessons for the first time today. The school has wanted to keep all pupils together.

Caerphilly Council statement on Cwmcarn High School

A special meeting of Caerphilly County Borough Council has voted to move all pupils from Cwmcarn High School to another site in Ebbw Vale for the remainder of the academic year. The school has been closed for ten days following asbestos fears.

Rhianon Passmore is the Cabinet Member for Education, and she says the council remains committed to resolving the issue.

Decision over Cwmcarn High School pupils

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Cwmcarn High School has been closed for ten days Credit: ITV News Wales

A special meeting of Caerphilly County Borough Council has voted to move all pupils from Cwmcarn High School to another site in Ebbw Vale for the remainder of the academic year. The school has been closed for ten days following asbestos fears.

The council says there is asbestos present in the construction of a number of the school buildings. A structural report found the majority of it is sealed and in good condition, but some debris was discovered in voids and some asbestos product is unsealed or has some damage.

This means there is potential for asbestos fibre to be released.

Further investigations are taking place to find out the extent of the problem and the work needed to address it. The council estimates that correcting it could cost millions of pounds.

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