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Cwmcarn students show support for school

Students sport "Keep CHS Cwmcarn Open" signs Credit: Hannah Thomas/ITV News

Parents and pupils have marched from Cwmcarn Village to Cwmcarn High School today to show support for the school.

The site shut last year after abestos was found.

Parents and pupils have told ITV News that they are worried about its future.

Parents and students of Cwmcarn High School march to show support for their school Credit: Hannah Thomas/ITV News

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Christmas campaign to save Cwmcarn High School

Cwmcarn High School was closed after asbestos was discovered there Credit: ITV News Wales

Teachers and pupils at Cwmcarn High School are campaigning to save their school after parts of the building were closed following the discovery of asbestos.

Children have been moved to another school in Ebbw Vale for the remainder of the academic year.

Staff and pupils have made a Christmas DVD which includes a variety of songs, as part of their campaign to save the building.

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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