Nearly Half the Borough's Schools Contain Harmful Materials

Seven buildings found to have most harmful type of asbestos

Brackenbury Primary School
Brackenbury Primary School. Picture: Google Streetview

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has revealed a number of its schools contain a potentially fatal type of asbestos.

More than half a dozen schools run by the borough contain a harmful type of asbestos – while 30 out of its 62 schools contain some form of the hazardous material.

The council revealed seven of its schools contain crocidolite asbestos – the most harmful type – in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

A council spokesperson said, “We call on the government to provide more funding for local councils to replace or refurbish old school buildings with asbestos-containing materials.

“We comply fully with all UK regulations governing asbestos.

“All H&F schools have been surveyed and implement a strict regime including annual surveys and local ‘duty holders’ at each school to maintain a safe environment.”

Asbestos fibres can cause fatal diseases if inhaled such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, a malignant tumour.

It was often used in buildings throughout the UK in the 1950s and 80s but was banned in the 1999 after it was found to be linked to lung diseases.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says asbestos is most dangerous when disturbed or damaged so it does not pose a significant health risk if it is properly managed.

There are different types of asbestos – chrysotile (white) is the most commonly used form while crocidolite (blue) is considered the most harmful.

Many schools built before 2000 will include some type of asbestos, according to the HSE.

It was used in various forms such as insulation for pipes, fire protection, ceiling and floor tiles.

In 2019, the Department for Education referred 676 English state schools and academies to the HSE for failing to give evidence they were managing asbestos in line with regulations.

Schools containing chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite

Addison Primary School

Brackenbury Primary School

Kenmont Primary School

Wendell Park Primary School

William Morris Sixth Form

The Fulham Bilingual

Avonmore Primary School

Schools containing chrysotile & amosite

All Saints Primary School

Flora Gardens Primary School

Miles Coverdale Primary School

Wormholt Park Primary School

Melcome Primary School

Old Oak Primary School

Randolph Beresford

St Paul’s Primary School

James Lee Nursery

Normand Croft Community School

St Augustine’s Catholic School

St John’s CE Walham Green Primary School

Vanessa Nursery

Cambridge Special School

St Mary’s RC Primary School

St Peter’s Primary School

Schools containing chrysotile

John Betts Primary School

The Good Shepherd RC Primary School

St John XXIII Catholic Primary School

St Stephen’s CE Primary School

Holy Cross RC Primary School

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

No asbestos found but presumed

Bayonne Nursery

Hannah Neary - Local Democracy Reporter

September 15, 2021