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Letter to parents - RAAC

You may have seen the recent media communications highlighting the concerns over reinforced autoclave aerated concrete (RAAC). RAAC roof planks became a common form of construction in the 1960’s as they were cheaper to produce and had good thermal insulation. However, due to the aerated pockets, water can ingress and attack the structural integrity of the plank and cause failure.

Minster Trust for Education (MITRE) instructed specialists to inspect all of our schools. National CofE Academy was inspected in Summer 2022.

We received a report for our school, and this did not highlight any presence of RAAC planks.

We understand that parents may want to understand more about the support to educational settings to manage RAAC safely. You can read more through the article published by the DfE on the Education Hub.

The Education Hub (

I hope that this offers reassurance.


Yours sincerely,

Mr Brailsford