INVERCLYDE Council has confirmed that a type of cladding used on London's fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower is on three of its schools.

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is on St Columba’s High in Gourock, Kilmacolm Primary and Lomond View Academy in Greenock, which are all classed as low-rise buildings and have a combined roll of several hundred children between them.

A Scottish Government working group has been examining building and fire safety regulatory frameworks following the Grenfell tragedy, which killed at least 80 people.

Initially focusing on high-rise buildings, the group requested information on all public buildings including schools.

Inverclyde Council said a type of ACM, which can be used appropriately, has been installed in accordance with building regulations.

Education convener, Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “I would like to reassure pupils, parents and staff that there is no risk from the type of cladding being used in these buildings.

“All three underwent recent multi-million pound refurbishments as part of our £270 million investment in our school estate, and all meet Scotland’s stringent building and safety standards.

“The tragic events in London last month have understandably brought the fire safety of public buildings - including schools - under the spotlight, and raised questions about the materials used in their construction."

He added: “We are immensely proud of our school estate investment, and our commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for our children and young people to learn in. "Their safety remains our top priority.”

No Scottish local authority-owned school buildings above 18 metres have ACM cladding.

Under Scottish building regulations, the type of ACM reported to have been used on Grenfell should not be used in cladding on high-rise domestic properties, but can be used 'appropriately' on other buildings.

In each case, the cladding systems must meet the relevant technical requirements.