TIPTREE schoolchildren won’t be returning to school on the first day of term because of concerns about crumbling concrete.

In a statement on its website, Thurstable School, in Maypole Road, confirmed it will be partially closed this week.

No students will be in school on Wednesday, with online learning from home in place. Year 7 is expected to be in school on Thursday, with Year 7, 11, 12, and 13 on-site on Friday, with remote learning for other years.

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More than 100 schools in England have been told to fully or partially close because they are fitted with a concrete which could suddenly collapse.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) is a lightweight building material used from the 1950s up to the mid-1990s, but is now assessed to be at risk of collapse.

On Thursday, the Department for Education said it had contacted 104 more schools after 52 of the 156 educational settings containing the concrete took protective steps so far this year.

Essex is believed the be the worst affected county, with Harwich MP Sir Bernard Jenkin saying 65 Essex schools are impacted.