Schools in Scotland containing Raac concrete have been named

At least thirty schools in Scotland found to contain a potentially dangerous concrete have been named by councils.

Figures shared with the PA news agency by 14 local authorities in Scotland showed that at least 33 schools across the country have been found to have the potentially dangerous material, reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac).

Five councils have yet to respond to requests for data, including Scotland's largest city council, Glasgow.

Edinburgh City Council currently has the largest number of schools with Raac and said eight across the local authority included the hardware.

Trinity Primary School and Cramond Primary School have been set up in temporary accommodation blocks, a council spokesman said, while other pupils are still in their own classrooms.

  • City of Edinburgh Council – 8 schools
  • Aberdeen City Council – 7 schools
  • West Lothian council – 5 schools
  • Dundee City Council – 2 schools
  • Aberdeenshire Council – 2 schools
  • Highland and Islands Council – 2 schools
  • Moray Council – 1 school
  • Argyll and Bute Council – 1 school
  • East Lothian Council – 1 school
  • Perth and Kinross Council – 1 school
  • Inverclyde Council – 1 school

Aberdeen City Council has seven schools with the equipment.

West Lothian Council said Raac was present at five schools – St Kentigern Academy in Blackburn, Balbardie Primary School and Windyknowe Primary in Bathgate and Riverside Primary and Knightsridge Primary in Livingston.

A spokesman said all areas with the material on their roofs had been closed with students and staff being moved to other areas.

Meanwhile, Dundee, Aberdeenshire and Highland Council said Raac was found at two of its schools.

Moray, Inverclyde, Perth and Kinross, North Lanarkshire and Argyll and Bute Council all reported one school each with Raac in their local authorities.

Perth and Kinross Council said Raat was found at a property, Perth Grammar School, in February this year.

The affected area was closed to students and staff until the panels were removed during the summer holidays and replaced with a steel profile roof.

A Moray Council spokesman said studies for the mitigation works at Forres had been completed and a contractor had been selected to carry out the works shortly.

I can fully appreciate why there is public concern about this, especially given the way the announcements have been made in England

Shirley-Anne Somerville

Stirling Council said no buildings were found to contain the material in a desk search, but a full program of inspection of all its educational properties will be carried out.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Council said it had also carried out a desk study and was satisfied Raac had not been used on any of its school estates.

A spokesman said it was 100% certain, however, further investigations would be carried out in the coming months at schools and other buildings to be constructed within the stated timetable of use.

East Dunbartonshire said no schools containing Raac had been identified to date, but further searches had been ordered to confirm the site across the board.

Councils said no schools in Fife, Angus, the Orkney Islands, Renfrewshire or East Renfrewshire were affected.

Scottish Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said 37 schools were affected and that ministers had known about it since last year.

He said: “This has of course been an issue that the Government has been aware of for some time, and action has been taken on it, and it has been for some time, for example in July 2022, Scottish Government officials contacted the heads of Property Services Scotland and education managers in Scotland to share information about Raac.

“I can fully appreciate why there is public concern about this, particularly given the way the announcements are being treated in England.

“But I can assure the member that we appreciate that the public concern means that we need to be as open as we can about this because parents and staff are concerned about this issue.”

The schools where Raac was found by municipal area are:

Perth and Kinross – Perth Grammar School

West Lothian Council – St Kentigern's Academy in Blackburn, Balbardie Primary School, Windyknowe Primary in Bathgate, Riverside Primary and Knightsridge Primary in Livingston.

Highland Council – Charleston Academy, Nairn Academy.

Moray – Forres Academy.

Inverclyde Council – an unnamed school

Aberdeenshire Council – Mackie Academy, Westhill Academy

North Lanarkshire Council – an unnamed school

East Lothian Council – sections of Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans

Argyll and Bute Council – John Logie Baird Primary School in Helensburgh

Aberdeen – Abbotswell Primary, Cornhill Primary, Hazlehead Academy, Northfield Academy, Quarryhill Primary School, St Machar Academy, Westpark School

Edinburgh – Pentland Primary School, Fox Covert Primary School and St Andrews Fox Covert RC PS (one site), Colinton Primary School, Currie High School and Lorne Primary School, Cramond Primary School and Trinity Primary School.

Dundee – Ardler Primary School and St Fergus Primary School

North Ayrshire Council – Ardrossan Academy