A PRIMARY school will remain close to pupils this week after Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) was found.

Parents and guardians of children at Ysgol Maes Owen in Kinmel Bay last were sent letters last week as a result of the discovery. The school closed last Thursday (September 14) and Friday (September 15). 

A spokesperson for Conwy County Borough Council said on Friday (September 15): "Ysgol Maes Owen will remain closed for the next week.

"Extensive testing has started on-site, this work will continue over the weekend and roll over into the start of next week.  If any mitigation work is required then this will follow.

"Parents have been informed of the arrangements being put in place for learners."

Last week the local authority said that they were taking a "cautious approach" but early indications revealed that the material was in good condition.


RAAC was invented in Sweden in the 1930s. It was used in British buildings from the 1950s to the mid-1990s. 

Raac is cheaper than traditional dense concrete, and is quicker and easier to install.

It was also used due to its lightweight thermal properties.