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Schools and learning news

Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge at Glebefields Library

Sandwell children set for Summer Reading Challenge and mischief making!

Published on 12th July 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers!

St Michael's

Schools praised for anti-bullying work

Published on 9th July 2018

Sandwell schools have been standing up to bullying with everything from rap to designing T-shirts.

Beth Barnsley

National teaching award for Smethwick teacher

Published on 28th June 2018

Smethwick assistant headteacher Bethany Barnsley has clinched a top award for her teaching – at the very school she went to as a child.

St Michael's students with Cllr Hackett and Kerry Whitehouse

Students spread kindness across Rowley Regis

Published on 26th June 2018

Students at a Rowley Regis School have been carrying out acts of kindness across the community to brighten people's day.

Forest school

New forest school for Bristnall Hall Academy

Published on 19th June 2018

A new forest school has been opened at Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury.

Students with Cllr Hackett and Cllr Trow

Students look to the future as part of Sandwell Vision 2030

Published on 7th June 2018

Students and staff at an Oldbury school have been giving their views on how Sandwell will look in the year 2030.

Nathan, Rihanna, Shahan and Paige performing experiment on Councillor Hackett

Children celebrate science award at Wednesbury school

Published on 25th May 2018

Children and staff at a Wednesbury school are celebrating after being given a national award in recognition of their science work.

Roy Evans – Network Rail, Cobi, Brandon, Georgiana, Sienna, Karanjit, Chris Edwards – Network rail

Forest school officially opened in Oldbury school

Published on 21st May 2018

Two lucky pupils and their families are on their way to RAF Cosford Air Show after winning an art competition organised by Network Rail.

Sandwell Mayor with David Bowen from DPD opening the new play area

New play area for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Published on 18th May 2018

A West Bromwich school has raised funds to build a new play area specially designed for children with special education needs and disabilities.

Plas Gwynant book launcg

Book celebrates residential centre turning 60

Published on 9th May 2018

Sandra Meredith and Frank Batchelor are marking 60 years of Sandwell's residential centre, Plas Gwynant, with the launch of a book documenting its history.

Talks about challenges of modern day living hailed a success

Published on 20th April 2018

Discussion sessions about the challenges and dangers of modern life between parents and children at a Rowley Regis school have been hailed a big success.

Highest percentage get top choice school place

Published on 16th April 2018

Almost 90 per cent of parents have been offered a place at their first choice of primary school - the highest percentage ever in Sandwell.

Artist impression of what the new school could look like

New secondary school in West Bromwich

Published on 12th April 2018

A new 750 place secondary school in West Bromwich has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education.

Lee with Cllr Hackett

Careers adviser praised at national awards

Published on 23rd March 2018

A Sandwell Council employee is celebrating after being recognised by the Career Development Institute at a national awards ceremony.

Cllr Hackett in front of school that's to be demolished

Former Wednesbury school to be demolished

Published on 23rd March 2018

A former Wednesbury high school is to be demolished with plans in the pipeline to use the site for an education provision.

Brendan and Councillor Hackett with the competition entries

Poetry competition winners announced

Published on 22nd March 2018

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) has been celebrating poetry with a competition to find local talented poets.

Jasmine, Sincleare and Cllr Hackett

Primary school children in Tipton win road safety competition

Published on 15th March 2018

Children at Summerhill Primary Academy in Tipton were praised for their recent work on road safety.

Children from Ferndale Primary School

International Women's Day at Ferndale Primary School

Published on 8th March 2018

Great Barr children were marking International Women's Day with a series of special classes and activities at Ferndale Primary School.

Children from Summer Hill Primary Academy

Celebrating reading on World Book Day

Published on 1st March 2018

World Book Day (1 March) has been celebrated in libraries and schools across Sandwell with children and grown-ups dressing up to mark the day. 

Simon with learners Marie Djomo and Moreen Campbell

Sandwell adult learning service praised by Ofsted

Published on 26th February 2018

The latest inspection carried out by Ofsted on Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) has resulted in the service being given a 'Good' rating in all areas.

New primary school planned for Smethwick

Published on 8th February 2018

Plans for a brand new primary free school in Smethwick will come before Sandwell Council's Cabinet this month.

Councillor Hackett at Fireflies nursery in Smethwick

Free childcare take-up in Sandwell among best in the country

Published on 11th December 2017

More than 800 children are now benefiting from 30 hours of free childcare across Sandwell.

Q3 Academy Langley

Building works on track at new school in Oldbury

Published on 13th November 2017

Building works at an Oldbury school are on track and expected to be fully completed by September 2019.

Network Rail volunteers with pupil Aran

Garden in Oldbury school transformed by volunteers from Network Rail

Published on 8th November 2017

A special school in Oldbury is thrilled to be benefiting from volunteers from Network Rail who have transformed their school grounds.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy students with Executive Principal, Marie McMahon

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy students welcome the opening of new building

Published on 26th September 2017

Students and staff at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) in Tividale are celebrating as they officially open another new state-of-the-art teaching block on their site at Lower City Road. 

Sandwell Academy students Connor Riley, Sandeep Dulay, Rahul Rana

Great achievements across Sandwell on A level results day

Published on 17th August 2017

There are some great results for A levels and post-16 qualifications from students all across Sandwell.

Residential centres price freeze

Published on 22nd March 2017

The cost of sending Sandwell children on residential courses is to remain the same for the third year in a row. 

Councillor Simon Hackett and Headteacher Lynne Paino with year 4 children

Smethwick school expansion reaching final phase

Published on 16th March 2017

Plans are in place to complete the final phase of a project to improve Crocketts Community Primary School in Smethwick.

Jackie Hawkins, Senior Supervisor for West Bromwich Town Libraries with reception children Olivia, Ria, Kishan and Olly with Councillor Simon Hackett

Great Barr school enjoys return visits to library

Published on 14th March 2017

Reception children from Whitecrest Primary School have been taking advantage of Sandwell Council's Booktastic scheme.

Headteacher Andrea Day, Councillor Simon Hackett with children from Hamstead Infant School

World Book Day celebrations in Great Barr

Published on 2nd March 2017

School children and staff from Hamstead Infant School in Great Barr have been celebrating World Book Day (2 March).

Secondary school places for September 2017

Published on 28th February 2017

More than 4,200 children have secured a place in a secondary school in Sandwell.

Pupils from Wood Green Junior School with author Shoo Rayner and Sandwell councillors

Wood Green Junior School win reading competition

Published on 15th December 2016

Children from Wood Green Junior School were treated to an interactive story session from top author and illustrator Shoo Rayner at Wednesbury Library.

Friar Park dinner lady retires after 26 years

Published on 4th November 2016

After supervising nearly 5,000 lunch times at The Priory Primary in Friar Park, dinner lady Margaret Whitehouse has retired.

New term in a brand new school

Published on 1st September 2016

Sandwell’s newest secondary school – the first in 10 years – will open its doors on Tuesday 6 September at 8am.

Sam Banner, Amy Dunn and Cameron Edmondson celebrate their A-Level results at Ormiston Forge Fcademy

A Level celebrations at Sandwell schools

Published on 18th August 2016

Sandwell students are today celebrating their A level results – with the council’s leader praising them for all their hard work and achievements.

Sandwell Council to help schools get children more active

Published on 9th June 2016

Fit For Sport, the UK’s leaders in engaging and educating children through activity, has launched the Sandwell Active Schools programme to support 97 primary schools in Sandwell to become more active.

Police statement - there is no credible threat to Sandwell schools receiving bomb hoax calls

Published on 28th January 2016

Police say there is no credible threat after bomb hoax calls were made to 14 schools in the West Midlands, including nine in Sandwell, this morning (January 28).

Three schools evacuated after bomb scare calls

Published on 19th January 2016

Three Sandwell schools were evacuated this morning (Tuesday 19 January) after receiving bomb scare calls.

GCSE results for Sandwell schools

Published on 20th August 2015

Pupils at Sandwell schools were today celebrating getting top results in their GCSEs.

Volunteer for our school admissions appeal panel

Published on 25th February 2015

Volunteers are needed to serve on a Sandwell Council panel dealing with school admissions appeals.

New 1,200 place secondary school to open in Oldbury

Published on 12th February 2015

A new secondary school in Sandwell has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education. The school will be built on the former Langley High School site on Moat Road, Oldbury.