The start of term has been dominated by the issue of RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) in school buildings and the response of the Department for Education (DfE). In the diocese, we have one school - St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Thames Ditton - with confirmed RACC, identified earlier this year.
Julie Oldroyd, Director of Education for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, said:
“The safety of pupils and staff is of prime importance, and we were pleased on Wednesday 13 September to show the Secretary of State and DfE officials the measures the diocese and school has taken in regard to RAAC. Works began earlier this year and are almost complete, with thanks due to everyone at St Paul’s for tirelessly ensuring the continuation of face-to-face teaching during this time.”
The photo above shows (L to R) Hayley Townsend, Headteacher at St Paul’s Thames Ditton; Gillian Keegan, Secretary of State for Education; Deb Meacham, Vice Chair of Governors at St Paul’s.