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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Cwmcarn pupils to resume studies after half term break

Cwmcarn High School was forced to close following a structural report which found signs of asbestos Credit: ITV News Wales

The majority of pupils sent home from Cwmcarn High School, where signs of asbestos were found, will resume their studies on Monday 5th November after the half term break.

Years 12 and 13 will return to the new block at the Cwmcarn site tomorrow with Year 11 following on Monday.

Caerphilly county borough council and the Governing body will meet next week to discuss where to place the remaining children and parents will be updated.

Cwmcarn remains closed while an asbestos investigation is carried out.

Asbestos school - special meeting to be held next week

Cwmcarn High School was forced to close following a structural report which found signs of asbestos Credit: ITV News Wales

Caerphilly Council says a special meeting will be held next Tuesday to discuss how to accommodate the majority of pupils at Cwmcarn High school.

900 pupils attend the secondary school which has been closed since last week after a report raised concerns about asbestos on the site.

Year 12 and 13 pupils will return to lessons at a new building at the school on Friday.


Cwmcarn High School to partially reopen on Friday

Caerphilly county borough council say that parts of Cwmcarn High School will be able to be reopened to students from Friday.

In a statement the council said the "newest part of the school is available for use and is separate from the rest of the school buildings."

The school was closed to students on Friday after an investigation found asbestos particles in the air.

The council took the difficult decision to close the school in light of the findings of a structural report and we are not prepared to fully re-open the site until further investigations have taken place to determine the extent of the problem and the work needed to address the situation. A range of options are being investigated for the other age groups and further updates will be posted on the council and school websites.

– Caerphilly county borough council statement


All Welsh schools should be tested for asbestos - Lib Dems

The Welsh Government should hold a 'national audit' of every school in Wales to check for asbestos according to the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams. Her call follows the closure of Cwmcarn High School after signs of asbestos were discovered. Kirsty Williams said,

I do not want to cause undue alarm, however when a school of 900 pupils has had to close because asbestos was found in airborne particles, I think that people across Wales have a right to know if asbestos is a danger in their local school. Britain imported hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos in the last century and we do not know the extent of its use in our schools nor how secure it is in school buildings.

The matter will also be raised in the National Assembly this afternoon after Islwyn AM Gwyn Price was given leave to ask an urgent question.

Cwmcarn school closed over asbestos concerns

Cwmcarn High School Credit: ITV News Wales

A school in Caerphilly will remain closed for the week over asbestos concerns.

It's after the results of a structural report which were received on Friday afternoon.

Caerphilly Council has confirmed Cwmcarn High School will remain closed until further notice while further investigation takes place.

The council is currently working with the Public Health service to analyse the report's findings, but the Council says alternative arrangements for pupils are unlikely to be made this week.

The authority says the safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance.

Cwmcarn High School closed for asbestos investigation

Cwmcarn High School will be closed immediately and until further notice while an asbestos investigation is carried out, it has been announced.

Due to a structural report which has been received today, the Authority is taking immediate and decisive action to safeguard the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff at the school. As of today, the school building will be closed for further detailed asbestos investigation.

Although we appreciate that this action will cause concern and inconvenience to parents, I am sure you will appreciate that the safety of pupils and staff at the school is of paramount importance. The school will be closed until further notice and we will communicate with you any further updates with regard to the investigation and the arrangements for the pupils.

– Caerphilly County Borough Council
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