Two Bradford schools partially closed after RAAC concrete discovered

Crossflatts Primary School/ Eldwick Primary School
Repairs will be carried out at Crossflatts Primary School and Eldwick Primary School. Credit: Google

Two schools have been partially closed on the eve of the new term after surveys found weak concrete in the buildings.

Bradford Council said pupils would be moved to "safe" areas of Crossflatts Primary School and Eldwick Primary School after the problem came to light.

Temporary classrooms would be set up in the coming weeks and months, the council said. The kitchen at Crossflatts is also affected.

The council has carried out detailed surveys at 45 schools to determine whether reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was used in their construction.

The lightweight material was used to construct many civic buildings from the 1950s to the 1990s, before being found to deteriorate over time.

It has an estimated lifespan of around 30 years.

It comes as it was revealed thousands of pupils faced a disrupted start to the academic year as more than 104 schools and colleges across the country were told to partially or fully close after RAAC was discovered.  

The council said only qualified concrete specialists would be allowed to access affected areas to assess and carry out remedial works.

At least eight teaching spaces have been lost, alongside staff facilities, at the two Bradford schools.

Sue Lowndes, Bradford Council’s assistant director schools and learning, said: "We are putting plans in place for those two schools to make sure no one is put at risk and also to minimise any disruption to children’s education.

"We know how important it is to make sure children can continue at school. Headteachers at the affected schools are working with parents and staff so we can keep them informed of the changes that are being put in place."

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know.