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Parents of pupils at a number one secondary school which has largely needed to shut because of the bolstered concrete disaster have began a marketing campaign to have it rebuilt, saying “this is not the education our children deserve”.

St Leonard’s Catholic School in Durham, a secondary school with 1,400 pupils, is commonly among the many top-performing state colleges at GCSE within the North East.

Last yr it achieved an educational progress rating of +0.47 at GCSE, the fourth highest within the North East out of 171 colleges. It is anticipated to be second within the area when closing outcomes are printed subsequent month.

But bolstered autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) has been present in buildings throughout the location which means kids in most yr teams have needed to be taught on-line for 4 days per week since time period began.

We realized from our MP that St Leonard’s aren’t even at the highest of the rebuild checklist, but are the one secondary school within the nation who haven’t bought a full face-to-face provision for his or her pupils

Parent Amanda Race

For these yr teams allowed to come back in to school on particular days, circumstances are cramped with classes being taught in corridors and a few pupils utilizing clipboards to lean on.

At an internet assembly chaired by Durham’s Labour MP Mary Foy on Friday night, dad and mom expressed their fears for the way forward for the school if pupils can not get again to the classroom full-time, worrying that employees will go away and enrolment will drop subsequent yr.

They additionally requested whether or not pupils finding out GCSE and A-levels this yr can be given particular dispensation from the examination boards as a result of their training has been so disrupted.

St Leonard’s is already on the federal government’s checklist of faculties to be rebuilt and Ms Foy hoped the seriousness of the Raac drawback would lead the Department for Education to advertise it to the highest of the queue.

School System Minister Baroness Barran, whose tasks embrace school capital funding, is attributable to go to St Leonard’s on Wednesday.

Parents, who’ve arrange a bunch known as Save St Leonard’s, plan to carry a peaceable demonstration outdoors the school, calling for medium and long-term options.

Claire Kelly, who has a son in yr 10, stated he has had simply 4 days in school since time period began.

She stated: “Where he should be conversing with his peers in German lessons, performing in music and learning metalwork for engineering he is currently sat in front of a laptop at home on Teams.

“Practical science lessons in the school laboratories have ceased and PE, with its teamwork and physical exercise, has disappeared.”

On a day when his yr group have been in school she stated there weren’t sufficient desks so he labored from a clipboard all day.

She stated: “This is not the education that our children deserve.”

Amanda Race, whose son has simply began in yr 7, stated: “Firstly, we are trying to get support from the DfE to ‘re-home’ our students to enable a return to normal face-to-face teaching in appropriate class sizes.

“Secondly, we are looking for the DfE to support the rebuild of the school.

“We learned from our MP that St Leonard’s are not even at the top of the rebuild list, yet are the only secondary school in the country who have not got a full face-to-face provision for their pupils.

“We need the DfE to approve the funds to rebuild and to expedite the timelines.”

During the net assembly on Friday, Ms Foy claimed the DfE initially instructed the school to not publicise precisely how unhealthy the Raac was when the disaster first got here to mild final month, simply days earlier than the time period was attributable to begin.

Ms Foy stated a value of £13m had been quoted for momentary moveable lecture rooms.

It had beforehand been steered the empty County Hall constructing throughout the street from the school could possibly be used, however that these amenities have been “completely inappropriate”, Ms Foy stated.

The school is at present contemplating a plan to make use of Ushaw College, an nineteenth century former Catholic seminary, round 4 miles west of the location.

It is utilizing a metropolis centre resort for some classes and has been supported by Durham University with the supply of the usage of science labs.

The DfE has been approached for remark.