Schools failed fire safety checks in wake of Grenfell blaze

The BBC reports that cladding on two of the schools so far tested following the Grenfell fire has failed combustibility tests, according to the Department for Education.

Cladding on a secondary academy and a primary special school, both in London, was found to be “not of limited combustibility”, says a DfE statement.

The DfE ordered all England’s 22,000 schools to carry out a fire safety survey following the blaze at west London’s Grenfell Tower, in which at least 80 people are believed to have died.

Schools with buildings over 18m (or about four storeys) high were also asked to send samples of any cladding of a similar type and structure to the aluminium composite cladding used at Grenfell for tests at the Buildings Research Establishment in Hertfordshire.

However, fire experts have been into both schools to ensure systems are in place for evacuation.

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Why are these inspections carried out once a tragedy has occured and not before? Have these inspections been held at your school? Comment below or via Twitter – Mercedes

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