Shropshire's schools are free from hazardous RAAC, according to a new survey commissioned by the county's council.

Intensive assessment across all schools in the area, from council-maintained to academies and voluntary-aided institutions, the survey found no sign of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

This extensive survey, overseen by the Property Services Group, Learning and Skills working in conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE), followed new guidance published by the DfE in September 2023.

The guidance was aimed at determining if RAAC, a potentially hazardous material, was used in the construction of any school buildings between 1930 and 1990.

Dean Carroll, cabinet member for housing and assets, commented positively on the survey's findings.

He said: "This is really good news for all schools in our area, and for teaching staff, parents and pupils.

“This has been a huge piece of work to assess all of the schools estate in a very short period of time and I want to thank all involved for their efforts and for completing this work so swiftly.”

Carroll extended his reassurances to parents and carers, acknowledging the concern generated by high-profile national media coverage, but assuring them that all schools in Shropshire are safe.


The council also provided support for academies and voluntary-aided schools, for which trusts and dioceses are responsible in ensuring no RAAC presence.

However, analysis by specialist RAAC engineers identified the material in the majority of the Whitchurch Civic Centre complex.

With severe structural issues deemed critical, its reopening has been advised against for safety reasons.