Many Hertfordshire parents are concerned after the government announced that more than 100 schools in England have been told to shut buildings that use a dangerous type of concrete.

There are fears that concrete in the foundations of the buildings could suddenly collapse.

Schools found with buildings containing reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) have been told they must introduce safety measures, which could include propping up ceilings.

Official guidance was issued to schools, school nurseries and colleges – which have been told they will have to fund their own emergency accommodation.

The Department for Education said it contacted 104 schools in the wake of an analysis of new cases after 52 of the 156 educational settings containing the concrete took protective steps so far this year.

The department said a “minority” will need to “either fully or partially relocate” to alternative accommodation while safety measures are installed.

The government has not said when a list of the affected schools will be published.

However, we can confirm that no schools in Hertfordshire are expected to close as a result of the announcement.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: "Hertfordshire County Council is not aware of any Hertfordshire schools needing to close as a result of today’s direction from the Department for Education on managing Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools.

"Between 2020 and 2021 Hertfordshire County Council carried out surveys of all local authority community and voluntary controlled schools that included buildings constructed between 1959 and 1985 to check for RAAC.

"This identified three schools that needed remediation works, and those works were completed in 2022.

"The Department for Education have now asked for all schools with buildings constructed between 1935 and 1995 to be surveyed. This survey work, which will cover 120 schools, is now underway.

"Hertfordshire County Council is responsible for local authority maintained schools.

"Academies and Voluntary Aided schools are responsible for their own surveys and remedial works, however we will work with the DfE to support them as necessary.