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'Thorough' fire safety inspections underway at Bromley schools in wake of Grenfell Tower inferno

PUBLISHED: 15:58 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 27 June 2017

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

The blaze claimed nearly 80 lives

A trust which runs a number of academies across the borough is assuring parents safety checks are being carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 79 people.

The blaze, which was started by a faulty fridge freezer in the west London tower block on June 14, has sparked major safety reviews across the country, as the building’s outer cladding was criticised for appearing to spread the fire, and reportedly failing safety tests.

Since the towering inferno, residents elsewhere in the capital have been evacuated from their homes within high-rise buildings amid safety fears, while tests are carried out at schools and hospitals to make sure all standards are up to scratch.

The Harris Federation is responsible for seven different primary and secondary academies in Beckenham, Bromley, Orpington and Shortlands.

A spokesperson from trust said: “Working with the government’s Education Skills Funding Agency, we are carrying out a thorough audit on materials at all of our schools.

“Our pupils’ safety is an absolute priority and we are confident that the current risk is low; all of our schools have good internal fire detection systems designed to protect safe routes of escape and, like all good schools, we continually test our alarms and undertake regular drills with staff and pupils.”

A spokesperson fromLondon South East Colleges, which has campuses in Bromley and Orpington said: “As an additional precaution in light of the recent tragic events, we are working with our property team to undertake a thorough review of the materials used where cladding is present on our buildings.”

A spokesperson from Bromley council, said: “We are seeking the reassurance that both we and concerned residents and parents want following the tragic events in west London.

“We are not aware of specific concerns but do want to make sure that everything is as is should be.

“Where the council owns the building, we will be looking again at fire safety to make sure that the right measures are in place and where the school is owned by a trust, we have written to the appropriate governing body to gain this reassurance.”

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