A NORTH Somerset MP, Dr Liam Fox, has paid Clevedon School a second visit in a bid to find a solution to its buildings' structural issues.

On December 1, Dr Fox met with headteacher Jim Smith, deputy headteacher Sam Kent, and Sixth Form students Ameila Genge and Rosie Gribben.

The purpose of his visit was to discuss the changes the school has been forced to make following the identification of HACC (High Alumina Cement Concrete) in many of its buildings.

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.

In particular, the MP wanted to learn more about how students have been impacted.

One concern shared by the students was that the school was not yet on the Department for Education’s ‘list of education settings with confirmed RAAC and mitigations in place’.

UCAS has been telling teachers to inform them of how RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) has impacted their pupils' education in the students' UCAS applications, so that they can take it into consideration.

As such, the students at Clevedon School feel that organisations affected by HAAC should receive the same considerations.

Dr Fox wrote once again to Education Secretary Gillian Keegan MP, stating: "In September, you published an updated list of education settings with confirmed Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). However, Clevedon School in my constituency, which HAAC has severely impacted, will not appear on the RAAC list.

"Can Clevedon School be added to any list viewed by UCAS and university admissions so that the Sixth Form students have parity with RACC schools on university offers?"

Prior to his visit to the school, in November, Dr Fox met with the Secretary of State to discuss actions the Department for Education were taking to support the North Somerset school.

Jim Smith, headteacher of Clevedon School, concluded: “We are grateful for everyone’s support in making sure we do all we can to mitigate against the short-term impact whilst securing the very best long-term resolution for the school and wider community.”