THE headteacher of a school impacted by the collapse-risk concrete crisis is doing "everything he can" to get pupils back to school.

Thomas Lord Audley School, in Monkwick Avenue, Colchester, was forced to partially close this week after bosses discovered some of its buildings contain reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac).

The school is welcoming back pupils on a staggered basis throughout the week, with Year 8 being taught remotely for at least two days.

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Writing to parents today, headteacher Simon Essex said: "I am pleased to inform you that the three days with students in school so far appear to have gone well.

"We are getting closer to having the school ready to receive all students for 'face-to-face' education with us, thanks to the hard work and determination of my staff.

"I hope to be able to confirm the exact details for each year group by the end of the school day tomorrow. 

"I am doing everything I can to have the school fully open to students as soon as possible."

The school has temporarily repurposed other buildings like the main hall and the gym to be used as teaching spaces while some classrooms are unusable.