The Secretary of State for Education has congratulated a school for its handling of dangerous concrete found in its building.

Gillian Keegan visited St Gregory’s Catholic Science College in Kenton today (September 20) to see first hand how schools identified as having reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) are managing.

The school was one of many schools across the nation where Raac was found, with the concrete used in construction of the maths block.

Brent Council said that safety measures were being introduced to prop up the affected area, as council leader Cllr Muhammed Butt said work would be complete before the start of the school term.

During her visit, Mrs Keagan said she was impressed with how staff managing the situation and continuing to educate their pupils despite the disruption caused.

She was also told about pupils’ community action to improve the local environment, such as leading community litter picking events and campaigning for improvements to the school buildings.

Headteacher Andrew Prindiville said: “We are delighted that the DfE and the Secretary of State recognise the hard work and dedication of St Gregory’s staff, who continue to ensure outstanding teaching standards are maintained, enabling every pupil at St Gregory’s to be the best they can be.”