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Important safety alert RAAC planks - Schools


Please review this alert document with regard to schools built 1960 -1980’s which have concrete plank flat roof construction.

This includes a data sheet which provides the detail and what to look for when you carry out your inspections.

The steps for an owner/building manager to take in identifying

RAAC planks would include:

• Note that RAAC planks were used for the construction of flat

roofs in the 1960-80s, so buildings (or extensions) pre-dating

or post-dating this period are unlikely to be affected;

• Ask whether any similar buildings in the area are known to

have RAAC roof planks;

• Access any records relating to construction to see if RAAC is

mentioned, although an absence of identification on records

does not exclude the possibility of the material being present;

• If the construction type of a roof is not known and could

potentially be RAAC planks, then the roof should be

inspected, and measures put in place to manage the risk e.g.

temporary propping of the roof.

Responsible bodies would be liable for investigation and rectification costs:
For LA Maintained Schools  - Local Authority
For Academies – Trust
For C of E and Catholic schools – Diocese
Nicholas Newland Dip Arch RIBA

Borough Architect
Head of Architecture and Construction Management
Swindon Borough Council
Tel. 01793 463620
Mob. 07740 037318

Health and Safety Information 

The health and safety information contained within these pages will assist staff achieve the objective of managing and working safely by providing core minimum advice and standards on a range of health and safety issues relevant to schools.  
Health and safety is about preventing people from being harmed at work or becoming ill through work. Health and safety law applies to all businesses including schools. It covers employees, full or part-time, temporary or permanent, the self-employed, young people doing work experience, apprentices, charity workers, mobile workers and homeworkers. 
It is the responsibility of all schools to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of its employees, pupils and all persons including members of the public likely to be affected by its activities by reflecting the aims and provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

School Closure Procedure Due to Severe Weather

1. Send a text out to parents
2. Put a notice of school closure on your school web site
3. Contact Wiltshire BBC radio initially; you may then wish to contact other radio stations as preferred.
To contact Wiltshire BBC radio 
  • Email:  the night before if possible
  • Or on the day Tel: 01793 513651 or 01793 513652
When you call or email please give
  • your name and role
  • the exact title of the school
  • your schools DfE number
  • a contact number for you between 6am and 9am on the day of the closure
  • any extra details.
Additional radio station contact details:
Heart FM radio station (from 5 November 2018):


PLEASE NOTE:  The LA does NOT hold a list of school closures; parents and carers are directed to contact  their childs school via the SBC website at: .
It is important that you update your website and social media as appropriate, as soon as any decision to close a school is made.
HSG050 Severe Weather Guidance for Schools

New Violence, Aggression and Anti-Social Behaviour Policy


Recent concerns have been raised to the Council regarding violence, aggression and anti-social behaviours within schools across the country. As a result and to support existing policy documented via HSP027 Schools Health and Safety Policy Manual, the Health and Safety Department has implemented a new violence, aggression and anti-social behaviour policy to assist with managing these issues within schools. Head teachers are advised to communicate the introduction of this policy to their staff.


HSP 027-1 Managing Violence Aggression and Anti-Social Behaviour in schools