During the summer, the college has, in conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE), undertaken a structural survey of Marple campus. The survey identified the presence of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) within one area of the campus. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete and because it is weaker than regular concrete, concerns have been raised about its long-term durability.
In line with DfE guidance, the college has taken the decision to restrict access to the affected area while we complete further surveys and if necessary, remedial works. The classrooms affected will not be in use until we are reassured that they are fit for purpose and have passed all necessary health and safety checks. We will provide further details as they become available and will keep our website regularly updated.
Please be assured that, in collaboration with the DfE, we are devising contingency measures to ensure students affected by this issue have access to specialist equipment to enable full lesson delivery and a high-quality student experience.
We appreciate the concern this may raise, and please be assured we will always prioritise the safety of our students and staff.