Third Enfield school confirms Raac found on site

The sports hall at Ark John Keats Academy in Enfield Wash has been sealed off as a precaution

Ark John Keats Academy
Ark John Keats Academy

A third Enfield school has confirmed that an unsafe type on concrete has been found on its site.

Ark John Keats Academy in Bell Lane, Enfield Wash, has joined St Ignatius’ College in Bulls Cross and Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill as having identified reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) on their sites.

John Keats principal Katie Marshall said: “Unfortunately, there are Raac panels in the sports hall walls. These are considered extremely low risk, but we are following guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and keeping the sports hall out of use.

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“The school continues to work closely with the DfE and experts to plan for the reopening of the sports hall as soon as possible. In the interim, lessons will continue to be taught outside or in alternative spaces. We are grateful for our school community’s support and hope for a quick resolution.”

Raac was used in the construction of schools and other public buildings from the 1950s to the 1990s but only has a lifespan of around 30 years.

Four days before the start of the new school term, the government told 104 schools to stop using buildings known to contain Raac until safety measures had been put in place. It said more than 50 schools had already installed “mitigations” this year.

The latest update this week from DfE was that 174 schools in England has confirmed Raac on their sites. None of the affected schools in Enfield have needed to close.

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