A NORTH Somerset school has been admitted to a rebuilding programme after their issues with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

Clevedon School and Gordano School were included in the government's list of schools affected by Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

Clevedon School has been admitted to the School Rebuilding Programme because of the presence of High Alumina Cement Concrete in some of the school’s buildings.

Gordano School has been given a grant to remove RAAC from its estate.

Gillian Keegan, The Secretary of State for education, confirmed the news to MP Liam Fox.  

She said: “We have been working closely with schools and colleges to support them to keep disruption to education at a minimum.

“Thanks to the hard work of school and college leaders, all schools and colleges with confirmed RAAC are providing full-time, face-to-face education for all pupils.

“I am pleased to say we have concluded the Department for Education’s RAAC identification programme.

“This means our questionnaire has now closed and any school or college that advised us they suspect they might have RAAC has had a survey to confirm if RAAC is present.

“We have written to all schools and colleges confirming how they will be funded to remove RAAC permanently from their estate.

“Permanently removing RAAC may involve significant refurbishment of existing buildings or rebuilding.

“Schools and colleges will be funded either through grants or through the School Rebuilding Programme.”

MP Liam Fox said: “So thrilled that the Conservative government has chosen Clevedon School to be part of the School Rebuilding Programme.

“It has been a pleasure to work with our wonderful headteacher, Jim Smith, his staff and governors. It has been a great team effort and offers a chance for Clevedon to reshape itself for the benefit of the whole community.”