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Aluminium-clad schools tested for fire safety following Grenfell receive all-clear

Aluminium-clad schools tested for fire safety following Grenfell receive all-clear

Forty-four schools in Scotland, two in England and one in Wales that have aluminium composite material in part of their external cladding were identified as potential fire risks by local authorities following safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Scottish schools were spread across 13 local authorities: Aberdeen City Council - 1; Angus Council - 2; Argyll & Bute - 1; City of Edinburgh Council - 1; Dumfries and Galloway Council - 16; Dundee City Council - 1;East Renfrewshire Council - 6; Glasgow City Council - 1; Inverclyde Council - 3; North Lanarkshire Council - 1; Shetland Islands Council - 1; South Ayrshire Council - 3; South Lanarkshire Council - 1;and West Dunbartonshire Council - 6.

The DfE ordered all England’s 22,000 schools to carry out a fire safety survey following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Two schools were found to have cladding that was deemed potentially combustible - the London Enterprise Academy, Tower Hamlets and the Bridge primary special school, Islington, which was part of a residential block which has ACM cladding that did not pass combustibility tests.

In Wales, Rhyl High School was closed for two days while tests were carried out

All affected schools have been inspected by the fire authorities and consultants and have been declared safe for continued use.

Schools already have to follow a range of strict fire safety regulations designed to ensure they are as safe as possible and extremely well prepared in the event of a fire. They must have robust plans to follow in the event of a fire, conduct regular fire drills, install sprinklers if an assessment deems them necessary and typically have multiple exit routes.

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