Published: Thursday, 8th Feb 2024

Schools across Bolton containing reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) are set to benefit from rebuilds and major repairs after a key government announcement.

The Department for Education has today confirmed that several schools across the borough are included in a new round of the School Rebuilding Programme (SRP).

The schools included are Thornleigh Salesian College, St. Bernard's RC Primary School, St Andrews CEP and Canon Slade.

St William of York RCP as well as St Stephen and All Martyrs CEP are listed to receive grants to remove RAAC.

St James CEP, which had three classrooms containing RAAC demolished in 2022, had already been included on the SRP list.

The DfE has also announced that Thomasson Memorial Special School is included within the programme due to issues unrelated to RAAC.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Martin Donaghy, said:

“This is an excellent result for Bolton with so many of our schools now benefiting from investment via the School Rebuilding Programme.

“Every young person in Bolton deserves the best possible learning environment, and our outstanding teachers need to get on with their job instead of worrying about school facilities.

“The council has been lobbying to secure RAAC funding for Bolton, and a great deal of hard work has gone into getting this over the line.  

“RAAC has been a cause of concern for everyone in recent months and we now look ahead to work starting as soon as possible.”