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Forty-four Scottish schools have Grenfell-type cladding

Dumfries and Galloway has the most, with others in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Grenfell Tower: Dozens died in the blaze (file pic).
Grenfell Tower: Dozens died in the blaze (file pic). SWNS

Forty-four schools in Scotland feature the same type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower, where at least 80 people died in a fire last month.

Dumfries and Galloway has the most (16), followed by East Renfrewshire (6), West Dunbartonshire (6), Inverclyde (3) and South Ayrshire (3).

Only one school in Glasgow features a significant amount of the cladding, although 30 others in the city have smaller quantities.

The schools are all low-rise buildings and checks are being carried nationally out to ensure the aluminium composite material (ACM) has been fitted safely.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Local authorities are responsible for ensuring the safety of school buildings in their areas - and if there is a need to inform parents and pupils on any aspect of school safety it is for the council to do so.

"Schools across Scotland are currently closed for summer holidays and all checks being carried out are precautionary to ensure building materials have been correctly used."

Scottish schools featuring ACM cladding

  • Aberdeen: 1
  • Angus: 2
  • Argyll and Bute: 1
  • Edinburgh Council: 1
  • Dumfries and Galloway: 16 (with further checks under way)
  • Dundee: 1
  • East Renfrewshire: 6
  • Glasgow: 1
  • Inverclyde: 3
  • North Lanarkshire: 1
  • Shetland: 1
  • South Ayrshire: 3
  • South Lanarkshire: 1
  • West Dunbartonshire: 6

No domestic high-rises owned by councils or housing associations in Scotland use ACM and 30 of 32 local authorities say the cladding has not been used on private buildings. Enquiries are still being carried out in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "We have stringent fire safety standards in our schools. The combination of fire detection and suppression systems, fire-drills and fire evacuation procedures provide a high standard of fire safety.

"The amount of ACM building material used is minimal; it is in a small number of schools and its use is compliant with safety regulations."

Experts believe external cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during a recent renovation may have helped spread the fire which destroyed the building.

At least two other blazes at multi-storeys in Scotland have been linked to problems with cladding in the last three years.

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