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Rochford District Council Ensures Temporary Home for Wyburns Primary School Pupils


Rochford District Council has acted promptly to secure uninterrupted education for Rayleigh primary school pupils who were impacted by the closure of their school as a result of issues related to Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

The unforeseen closure of Wyburns Primary School, triggered by the government's recent announcement concerning the evaluation of schools and structures containing RAAC, raised significant concerns for the pupils' education.

In response to this urgent situation, the Headteacher of Wyburns Primary School, Kath Samsom, reached out to local Member of Parliament, Mark Francois for assistance, pending further investigation into the RAAC-related concerns.

Following discussions with the school, Rochford District Council has offered the use of their Civic Suite building to accommodate teachers and approximately 100 pupils. Rayleigh Methodist Church and Rayleigh Primary school have also stepped up to offer additional accommodations using their facilities.

From this week (Tuesday 19th September), the Civic Suite will serve as a temporary classroom space, ensuring that Wyburns pupils can continue their education without disruption, while the school addresses RAAC-related concerns and prepares for their safe return.

Councillor James Newport, Deputy Leader of the Joint Administration at Rochford District Council said:
"The Council extends its gratitude to all parties involved, especially the council's assets team, for their seamless cooperation and coordination. This collaborative effort exemplifies the council's unwavering commitment to supporting its residents during challenging times."

Kath Sansom and Jen Milner, Headteachers at Wyburns Primary School, said: 
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Our school community are always resilient and motivated. The swift actions of our relocation network have enabled a swift transition to 3 locations. The use of the Civic Suite, an amazingly unique and historic building, as a temporary school will provide intrigue, mystery, change and excitement for all; making memories."