A LETTER to parents of Harwich and Dovercourt High School pupils has outlined the school’s situation during ongoing school closures caused by the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

The letter, written by headteacher Kate Finch, explains Sigma Trust had commissioned a survey of the school’s site prior to the summer break, in response to national concerns about RAAC at that time.

The letter continues: “This survey identified the presence of a small amount of RAAC in the former public reception/foyer area of the sports hall.

“The area in question will therefore be closed off to students until mitigation works have taken place. The sports hall itself and its changing rooms are not affected.

“This means that, in line with both the Local Authority and Department for Education guidance, HDHS will be able to reopen as planned next week.”

Sigma Trust chief executive Lyn Wright said: “We have been working closely with the Department for Education and Essex County Council over the summer carrying out remedial work to ensure our school buildings adhered to the national guidelines.

“However, some of our schools have been affected.

“Work has already begun to ensure these school buildings are ready as soon as possible, but the safety of students and staff is paramount.”