Asbestos found in 346 Kent schools

Potentially deadly asbestos has been found in hundreds of schools in Kent.

It's been revealed 346 Kent County Council-run schools contain the substance.

It’s been revealed 346 Kent County Council-run schools contain the substance.

It’s been revealed 346 Kent County Council-run schools contain the substance, which can cause diseases including terminal lung cancer if inhaled.

The toll came to light following a freedom of information request to KCC, which also revealed hundreds of thousands of pounds has been paid to workers exposed to the potentially lethal building material.

A dozen school employees have taken legal action against the authority – eight of whom received payouts totalling almost £843,000.

But KCC says there have been no recent incidents of asbestos exposure in the county’s schools.

Asbestos can be found in any building built before 2000, including houses, factories, offices, schools and hospitals, and causes around 5,000 deaths every year.

If disturbed, asbestos can release fibres that can cause serious diseases if inhaled, including lung cancer and serious scarring of the lungs called asbestosis.

A council spokesman said: “The health and safety of all children in our schools is our top priority and we are confident there is no risk to children as a result of the issues raised in this article.

“The majority of schools in the UK have some degree of asbestos in their buildings and the presence of asbestos in itself does not present a risk to health providing it is not disturbed and is maintained in a safe condition.

“In most instances where asbestos exists in schools it has been used to insulate parts of buildings that are out of sight and not accessible for example boiler rooms, pipes, chimneys and roofs.”

The council added it knows where there is asbestos risk in all its buildings, including schools, and managing the substance is governed through strict controls and in line with health and safety legislation.

In January, an academy trust was fined £35,000 for failing to manage asbestos and ensure the safety of builders working at a Medway school.

Representatives from the Williamson Trust pleaded guilty at Medway Magistrates Court – where it was heard asbestos had been uncovered during work at the Hundred of Hoo Academy, one of the trust’s schools, in 2012.

Site Name Survey Due Asbestos Present
Aldington PS 26.08.2017 Yes
All Souls’ CEPS 14.07.2017 Yes
Ashen Tree House 09.11.2018 Yes
Ashford Oaks Community PS 15.09.2017 Yes
Ashford St Mary’s CEPS 25.07.2017 Yes
Aylesham PS 04.02.2019 Yes
Bapchild & Tonge CEPS 11.08.2017 Yes
Barham CEPS 19.01.2018 Yes
Barming PS 02.03.2018 Yes
Bean PS 10.06.2017 Yes
Bethersden PS 25.09.2017 Yes
Bidborough C of E (VC) PS 14.01.2019 Yes
Birchington CEPS 23.10.2017 Yes
Bishops Down PS 23.09.2017 Yes
Blean PS 18.07.2017 Yes
Bodsham CEPS 04.03.2019 Yes
Borden CEPS 22.07.2017 Yes
Borough Green PS 18.07.2017 Yes
Boughton Monchelsea PS 05.01.2018 Yes
Boughton-Under-Blean & Dunkirk PS 24.11.2018 Yes
Brabourne CEPS 18.06.2017 Yes
Bredgar CEPS 05.08.2017 Yes
Bredhurst CEPS 16.10.2016 Yes
Brenchley & Matfield CofE PS 07.01.2018 Yes
Briary PS 16.09.2017 Yes
Bridge & Patrixbourne CEPS 05.09.2017 Yes
Broadwater PS 02.10.2017 Yes
Bromstone PS, Broadstairs 13.06.2017 Yes
Brook Community PS 21.10.2018 Yes
Brook Education Centre 19.11.2018 Yes
Brookfield Infant Sch 15.07.2017 Yes
Brookfield Junior Sch., Larkfield 22.01.2018 Yes
Brookland CEPS 11.11.2016 Yes
Broomhill Bank Sch 29.01.2019 Yes
Burham CEP Sch. 05.09.2017 Yes
Bysing Wood PS 04.11.2017 Yes
Cage Green PS 06.10.2017 Yes
Callis Grange Nursery & Infant Sch. 17.06.2017 Yes
Canteen – Gibbons Trust – used by Benenden CEPS 21.10.2016 Yes
Canterbury Road PS 26.11.2016 Yes
Capel PS 06.01.2018 Yes
Capel-le-Ferne PS 26.11.2016 Yes
Castle Hill Community PS 11.09.2016 Yes
Cecil Road Primary & Nursery Sch. 12.06.2017 Yes
Centre Class 22.10.2018 Yes
Challenger Centre 09.11.2018 Yes
Challock PS 17.10.2016 Yes
Charing CEPS 31.03.2017 Yes
Chartham PS 14.07.2017 Yes
Chaucer Technology Sch. 06.08.2017 Yes
Cheriton PS 11.03.2019 Yes
Chevening (St Botolph’s) CE (VA) PS 21.11.2017 Yes
Chilham St Mary’s CEPS 24.10.2017 Yes
Chislet CEPS 08.09.2017 Yes
Churchill CEPS 07.11.2017 Yes
Claremont PS 09.07.2017 Yes
Cobham PS 10.06.2017 Yes
Colliers Green CEPS 19.11.2018 Yes
Coxheath PS 04.08.2017 Yes
Cranbrook CEPS 03.10.2017 Yes
Crockenhill PS 11.03.2017 Yes
Culverstone Green PS 23.06.2017 Yes
Darenth Community PS 09.06.2017 Yes
Dartford Grammar Sch. For Girls 20.02.2018 Yes
Davington PS 28.11.2016 Yes
Ditton CEJS 15.01.2019 Yes
Ditton Infant Sch. 12.01.2018 Yes
Dover Grammar Sch. For Boys 13.08.2017 Yes
Dover Grammar Sch. For Girls 22.08.2017 Yes
Dover St Mary’s CEPS 14.10.2017 Yes
Downs View Infant Sch. 03.02.2018 Yes
Downsview PS 07.01.2018 Yes
Dunton Green PS 04.07.2017 Yes
Dymchurch PS 09.12.2016 Yes
East Borough PS 02.10.2018 Yes
East Farleigh PS 28.11.2017 Yes
East Peckham PS 02.10.2017 Yes
East Stour PS 09.01.2018 Yes
Eastchurch CEPS (All Saints) 05.12.2016 Yes
Eastling PS 18.11.2018 Yes
Eastry CEPS 07.11.2017 Yes
Edenbridge PS 03.10.2017 Yes
Egerton CEPS 15.01.2019 Yes
Elham CEPS 24.06.2017 Yes
Ellington Infant Sch. 11.06.2017 Yes
Eythorne Elvington Community PS 23.10.2017 Yes
Five Acre Wood Sch 02.09.2016 Yes
Fleetdown PS 30.09.2016 Yes
Folkestone St Peter’s CEPS 14.03.2019 Yes
Fordcombe CEPS 13.11.2017 Yes
Four Elms PS 09.07.2017 Yes
Foxwood Sch. 13.11.2016 Yes
Frittenden CEPS 03.12.2018 Yes
Furness Sch. 10.12.2017 Yes
Garlinge PS 04.08.2017 Yes
Goldwyn College 01.12.2018 Yes
Goodnestone CEPS 23.09.2016 Yes
Greatstone PS 16.01.2018 Yes
Green Park Community PS 10.10.2017 Yes
Greenfields Community PS 29.08.2016 Yes
Grosvenor House 12.11.2018 Yes
Guston CEPS 18.01.2019 Yes
Hadlow Sch. 29.09.2017 Yes
Halfway Houses PS 14.08.2017 Yes
Halstead Community PS 15.07.2017 Yes
Harbour Sch. 19.12.2017 Yes
Harcourt PS 11.12.2017 Yes
Hartlip Endowed CEPS 07.12.2018 Yes
Hawkinge PS 30.09.2017 Yes
Headcorn PS 12.09.2017 Yes
Herne Bay Infant Sch. 04.09.2017 Yes
Herne Bay Junior Sch 08.10.2017 Yes
Herne CEJS 04.02.2017 Yes
Hextable PS 30.10.2016 Yes
High Firs PS 02.10.2017 Yes
High Halden CEPS 13.01.2019 Yes
Higham PS 20.06.2017 Yes
Highview Sch. 10.11.2018 Yes
Hildenborough CEPS 01.08.2016 Yes
Hoath PS 25.09.2017 Yes
Hollingbourne PS 15.10.2016 Yes
Holy Trinity & St Johns C of E PS 11.11.2018 Yes
Holy Trinity C of E (VA) Sch. 02.12.2018 Yes
Holy Trinity CEPS Dart 15.02.2019 Yes
Holywell PS 25.09.2017 Yes
Hornbeam PS 16.10.2017 Yes
Horsmonden PS 02.03.2019 Yes
Horton Kirby CEPS 16.01.2018 Yes
Hunton CEPS 26.01.2019 Yes
Hythe Bay CEPS 13.01.2019 Yes
Ightham PS 18.02.2019 Yes
Istead Rise PS 10.07.2017 Yes
John Mayne CEPS 13.01.2019 Yes
Joy Lane PS 20.06.2017 Yes
Kemsing PS 27.11.2018 Yes
Kings Farm PS 01.10.2017 Yes
Kingsdown & Ringwould CEPS 19.01.2019 Yes
Kingswood PS 15.07.2016 Yes
Laddingford St Marys CE (VC) PS 03.12.2018 Yes
Lady Boswells CE (VA) PS 29.01.2019 Yes
Lady Joanna Thornhills (Endowed) PS 14.08.2017 Yes
Langafel C of E (VC) PS 22.10.2018 Yes
Langdon PS 13.10.2017 Yes
Langton Green PS 12.01.2019 Yes
Lawn PS 19.06.2017 Yes
Leeds & Broomfield CEPS 06.01.2018 Yes
Leigh PS 01.07.2017 Yes
Lenham PS 15.12.2017 Yes
Leybourne St Peter & St Paul C of E PS 28.08.2017 Yes
Littlebourne CEPS 25.09.2017 Yes
Long Mead Community PS 23.03.2016 Yes
Loose PS 12.12.2017 Yes
Lower Halstow Sch. 25.11.2018 Yes
Lunsford PS 18.02.2017 Yes
Lydden PS 18.01.2019 Yes
Lyminge CEPS 04.12.2018 Yes
Madginford PS 16.01.2018 Yes
Maidstone Grammar Sch. 16.02.2018 Yes
Maidstone Grammar Sch. For Girls 01.08.2017 Yes
Manor Comm School 04.11.2016 Yes
Marden PS 05.11.2017 Yes
Mereworth Community PS 14.01.2017 Yes
Mersham PS 24.10.2017 Yes
Minster CEPS 18.06.2017 Yes
Minster-in-Sheppey PS 24.09.2017 Yes
Minterne Comm Junior School 09.09.2017 Yes
Monkton CofE PS 05.06.2017 Yes
Mundella PS 27.08.2017 Yes
Murston Infant Sch. 25.11.2018 Yes
New Ash Green PS 30.09.2017 Yes
Newington CEPS 24.11.2018 Yes
Newington Community PS 09.06.2017 Yes
Nonington CEPS 03.11.2017 Yes
Norrington Centre – Used by Pent Valley Sch 27.10.2017 Yes
North Borough Junior Sch. 04.02.2018 Yes
North West Kent Behaviour Service 19.10.2018 Yes
Northbourne CEPS 03.11.2017 Yes
Northcourt Family Support Centre 19.10.2019 Yes
Northfleet Nursery Sch. 20.11.2018 Yes
Northfleet Sch. For Girls 19.11.2017 Yes
Oakfield Community PS 09.01.2018 Yes
Oakley Sch. 17.02.2019 Yes
Oakley Sch. 08.12.2017 Yes
Offham PS 28.11.2017 Yes
Ospringe CEPS 08.11.2016 Yes
Otford PS 20.11.2018 Yes
Our Lady’s Catholic PS 28.10.2017 Yes
Paddock Wood PS 17.12.2018 Yes
Painters Ash PS 06.10.2017 Yes
Palace Wood PS 10.02.2019 Yes
Palmarsh PS 11.11.2016 Yes
Park Way PS 10.09.2016 Yes
Parkside Community PS 19.09.2017 Yes
Pembury Sch. 04.07.2017 Yes
Penshurst CEPS 01.03.2019 Yes
Pent Valley Sch. 27.10.2017 Yes
Pent Valley Sch. Vocational Centre 27.10.2017 Yes
Platt CofE (VA) PS 25.06.2017 Yes
Platts Heath PS 25.06.2017 Yes
Plaxtol PS 15.01.2019 Yes
Portal House Sch. 03.02.2018 Yes
Preston PS 11.09.2017 Yes
Priory Fields Sch. 08.10.2016 Yes
Queenborough Sch. & Nursery 24.10.2017 Yes
Ridge View Sch. 09.02.2018 Yes
River PS 03.10.2016 Yes
Riverview Infant Sch. 14.07.2017 Yes
Riverview Junior Sch. 14.07.2017 Yes
Rolvenden PS 25.06.2017 Yes
Rose Street Sch. 03.11.2017 Yes
Roseacre Junior Sch. 10.10.2016 Yes
Rowhill Sch. 06.01.2018 Yes
Rusthall St Paul’s CEPS 16.01.2017 Yes
Ryarsh PS 05.09.2017 Yes
Saltwood CofE School 18.08.2017 Yes
Sandgate PS 05.09.2017 Yes
Sandhurst PS 19.11.2018 Yes
Sandling PS 09.02.2019 Yes
Sandown Sch 19.11.2017 Yes
Sandwich Infant Sch. 17.10.2017 Yes
Sandwich Junior Sch 16.10.2017 Yes
Seabrook CofE PS 11.07.2017 Yes
Seal CofE PS 11.01.2019 Yes
Sedleys CEP Sch. 26.09.2016 Yes
Sellindge PS 18.10.2016 Yes
Selsted CEP Sch. 11.07.2017 Yes
Senacre Wood PS 07.08.2016 Yes
Sevenoaks PS 24.04.2017 Yes
Shears Green Infant Sch. 05.06.2017 Yes
Shears Green Junior Sch. 04.08.2017 Yes
Shipbourne Sch. 11.10.2016 Yes
Sholden CofE Primary School 04.08.2017 Yes
Shoreham Village Sch. 01.03.2016 Yes
Shorne CofE (VC) PS 20.11.2018 Yes
Sibertswold CEPS 25.11.2017 Yes
Simon Langton Girls Grammar Sch. 08.02.2019 Yes
Simon Langton Sch. For Boys 15.02.2016 Yes
Singlewell PS 22.09.2017 Yes
Slade PS 03.03.2019 Yes
Smeeth Community PS 16.10.2016 Yes
Snodland CEPS 11.07.2017 Yes
Southborough CEPS 14.03.2017 Yes
Speldhurst CEPS 07.01.2019 Yes
St Anthony’s Sch. 05.12.2017 Yes
St Augustine’s Catholic PS Tunbridge W 13.11.2017 Yes
St Barnabas C of E (VA) PS 14.01.2019 Yes
St Bartholomew’s Catholic PS 14.11.2017 Yes
St Crispins Comm Primary Infant School 12.06.2017 Yes
St Edmunds Catholic Sch. Dover 22.07.2017 Yes
St Edward’s Roman Catholic PS Sheernes 26.03.2017 Yes
St Ethelberts Catholic PS Ramsgate 18.12.2018 Yes
St Georges CEPS Wrotham 24.07.2017 Yes
St James’ CEJS 22.09.2017 Yes
St James CofE (VA) Infant Sch. 04.02.2018 Yes
St Johns CEPS – Kingsmead 16.11.2018 Yes
St Johns CEPS Sevenoak 23.09.2017 Yes
St Johns CEPS TW 22.10.2017 Yes
St Katharine’s Knockholt CofE Primary 21.11.2017 Yes
St Katherine’s Sch. 12.08.2016 Yes
St Lawrence CEPS 08.02.2019 Yes
St Margaret’s CofE School Collier Street 11.10.2017 Yes
St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe PS 09.10.2017 Yes
St Mark’s CEPS 11.01.2019 Yes
St Martin’s Sch. 14.10.2017 Yes
St Mary of Charity CE (Aided) PS 20.02.2016 Yes
St Mary’s CEPS 11.11.2017 Yes
St Matthew’s High Brooms CofE Primary 26.02.2018 Yes
St Michaels CEIS 08.11.2016 Yes
St Michaels CEJS 08.11.2016 Yes
St Michaels CEPS Tente 15.07.2016 Yes
St Mildreds Primary Infant Sch. 12.06.2017 Yes
St Nicholas Block – Canterbury College 05.08.2017 Yes
St Nicholas’ CofE (Controlled) Primar 22.08.2017 Yes
St Nicholas’ Sch. 09.08.2016 Yes
St Nicholas-at-Wade CEPS 03.11.2017 Yes
St Paul’s CEPS 25.01.2019 Yes
St Paul’s Infant Sch 19.07.2016 Yes
St Peters CEP Sch. – Annexe 22.10.2016 Yes
St Stephen’s PS 08.02.2019 Yes
St Teresa’s Catholic PS 25.04.2016 Yes
Staplehurst Sch. 24/25.02.2019 Yes
Stocks Green PS 23.07.2016 Yes
Stone Bay Sch. 14.11.2017 Yes
Stone St Mary’s CEPS 26.09.2016 Yes
Stowting CEPS 09.09.2016 Yes
Sundridge & Brasted CEPS 27.09.2016 Yes
Sussex Road Community PS 31.07.2016 Yes
Sutton Valence PS 18.07.2016 Yes
Sutton-at-Hone CEPS 18.02.2019 Yes
Swadelands Sch. 27.06.2017 Yes
Swalecliffe Community PS 07.10.2017 Yes
Temple Hill Comm Primary & Nursery School 20.12.2016 Yes
Tenterden CEJS 24.02.2019 Yes
Tenterden Infant Sch. 13.08.2017 Yes
Teynham Parochial CEPS 29.08.2017 Yes
The Anthony Roper PS 04.06.2017 Yes
The Archbishops Sch 01.08.2017 Yes
The Cedars PRU 26.11.2018 Yes
The Charles Dickens Sch. 29.10.2017 Yes
The Downs CEPS 04.11.2017 Yes
The Foreland Sch. 23.12.2017 Yes
The Ifield Sch. 18.11.2017 Yes
The Judd Sch. 09.12.2017 Yes
The Limes PRU 12.06.2018 Yes
The Oaks Comm Infant School 14.11.2017 Yes
The Orchard Sch. 01.12.2017 Yes
Trottiscliffe CEPS 06.10.2017 Yes
Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar Sch. 13.01.2018 Yes
Tunbridge Wells Grammar Sch. For Boys 19.12.2017 Yes
Tunbury PS 13.08.2017 Yes
Tunstall C of E PS (former site) 23.09.2017 Yes
Ulcombe CEPS 18.07.2016 Yes
Upton Junior Sch. 07.08.2017 Yes
Vale View Comm School 13.10.2017 Yes
Valence Sch. 09.12.2018 Yes
Victoria Road PS 05.11.2016 Yes
Vigo Village Sch. 15.10.2017 Yes
Warm Stone PRU 01.12.2018 Yes
Wateringbury CEPS 18.10.2016 Yes
Weald Community PS 06.08.2017 Yes
West Borough PS 08.12.2018 Yes
West Hill PS 10.10.2017 Yes
West Kent Health Needs Education Service 02.12.2018 Yes
West Kent Learning Federation PRU 20.10.2018 Yes
West Kingsdown CofE Primary 27.01.2019 Yes
West Minster PS 08.08.2017 Yes
Westcourt Sch. 29.09.2017 Yes
Westmeads Comm Infant School 11.09.2017 Yes
Whitstable & Seasalter Endowed CEJS 09.07.2017 Yes
Whitstable Junior Sch. 23.12.2016 Yes
Wickhambreaux CEPS 19.01.2019 Yes
Willesborough Infant Sch. 17.10.2016 Yes
Willesborough Junior Sch. 03.07.2017 Yes
Wincheap Foundation PS 09.10.2017 Yes
Wingham PS 08.09.2017 Yes
Wittersham CEPS 20.06.2017 Yes
Woodchurch CEPS 14.10.2016 Yes
Woodlands Infant Sch 16.07.2017 Yes
Woodlands Junior Sch 14.07.2018 Yes
Worth PS 19.01.2019 Yes
Wouldham All Saints CEPS 21.01.2019 Yes
Wrotham Road PS 27.10.2017 Yes
Yalding St Peter & St Paul CEPS 18.01.2019 Yes


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