The Macclesfield Academy receives government funding to remove RAAC concrete
By Alex Greensmith
9th Feb 2024 | Local News
A roadmap to get Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) concrete removed from a Macclesfield school has been revealed.
On Thursday, The government confirmed funding and measures to remove the substance from all affected schools and colleges.
The Macclesfield Academy, the 11-18 school on Park Lane, has the concrete. But it won't for much longer.
Headteacher Mat Galvin said: "We are delighted to have received funding from the Department for Education to remove the RAAC panels in our Drama studio and replace the roofing to enable us to use our facilities as normal from as early as September 2024."
"I want to give full credit to our amazing team of staff and students who have coped magnificently with the challenges presented by closing this area of the school.
"In addition, I would like to recognise the expertise and commitment of our Trust (The Sir John Brunner Foundation) central team who have guided, supported and advised us to enable this project to get off the ground.
"Thanks to local community leaders, including our local Member of Parliament, who has been working on our behalf to keep the RAAC issues faced by schools in the minds of decision-makers at Government level. "
A final list of schools and colleges with confirmed cases of RAAC in schools and colleges in England has been published by the UK government.
Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, said: "Nothing is more important to me than the safety of every child and member of staff in school."
"We will continue to work closely with schools and colleges as we take the next step to permanently remove RAAC from affected buildings.
"I want to thank all schools, colleges and local authorities who have worked tirelessly with the department to ensure all children remain in face-to-face education."
For more information about the national rollout, please click HERE.