Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, paid a visit to Wyburns Primary School in their temporary new home, at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh.
The move was caused by the discovery of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete or RAAC at the original school site, some weeks ago. The school, led by co-Headteachers Ms Kath Sansom and Miss Jen Miller, has temporarily relocated most of its pupils to the Civic Suite, at the top of Rayleigh High Street, while investigations continue, to see if the original Wyburns School roof can be safely repaired.
During his visit, Mark witnessed a number of lessons in progress and spoke to staff and pupils about their experience of moving to a new building. Afterwards, Mark accompanied Ms Sansom to the Wyburns School site, to view the building and examine potential repairs to the roof, which might eventually allow the school to return to its original home.
Commenting on the visit, Mark said:
“I would like to thank Rochford District Council for making the Civic Suite available for Wyburns at such short notice and to Ms Sansom and Miss Miller for taking me around to meet the staff and pupils there. While the pupils were clearly settling in well to their new surroundings, they ultimately want their old school back and I am working hard with Ministers and Essex County Council to try and make that prospect a reality, although it may still take a little while for that to be achieved.”