CLEVEDON School has closed its main tower block and linked classrooms after discovering structural weaknesses in the building.

After structural engineers inspected the site, they found that the beams, which are made of High Alumina Cement Concrete (HACC), had weakened due to undergoing changing chemical composition.

This is unrelated to the national RAAC issue.

In total, 22 classrooms, offices and storage rooms have been taken out of use, over a quarter of the buildings space at the Futura Learning Partnership multi 
academy trust school.

Headteacher, Jim Smith, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to praise our school community for the way they have approached their learning this week.

"In difficult times they have, in the spirit of our school motto, been kind and brilliant.” 

Chief executive officer, Andrea Arlidge, added: “Futura Learning Partnership and the school are working with the Department for Education, North Somerset Council and industry experts to make sure we make the best decisions for our staff and students about both short and long-term solutions.”

A further report will help the school decide the best course of action.