Essex school closed by concrete crisis appeals for marquees

2023-09-04 20:58:01  • 3 mins

By Peter Walker

BBC News, Essex

A secondary school head teacher has appealed for help sourcing marquees to teach children outside, in response to the ongoing concrete crisis.

Honywood School in Coggeshall, Essex, was told half the site, including 22 classrooms, must shut because of reinforced autoclaved aeriated concrete (RAAC) in its buildings.

About 50 schools in the county have been affected.

James Saunders said staff were looking at ways to get all pupils back on site.

"Can we source some marquees to get people out on the field while the weather is nice and do some teaching there?" he told the BBC.

"If anyone is listening or reading this and they want to get in contact with me, I'd be very happy for them to."

Honywood parents have been told only year seven and year 11 pupils would be taught in person during the first two weeks of term, while other year groups were being provided with tablets ready for remote learning from 14 September.

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