Schools and learning news

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.

Winners with the Mayor and Chief Superintendent Richard Baker and Chief Inspector Rebecca Barnsley

Pupils shine in public speaking contest

Published on 23rd March 2018

Pupils from Wednesbury primary schools took part in a public speaking contest in the Council Chamber at Sandwell Council House today.

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.

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.

Councillor Simon Hackett and Ferndale Primary pupils

Great Barr school raising money for mini pitch

Published on 21st March 2018

Children at Ferndale Primary School in Great Barr are raising money to go towards installing an all-weather pitch on the school field.

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.

Celebrating Perryfields High School's Ofsted report

Perryfields High now rated 'Good' by Ofsted after significant improvements

Published on 16th February 2018

Perryfields High School in Oldbury has received praise from Ofsted in its latest inspection report which now rates the school as 'Good'.

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.

Councillor Simon Hackett with Headteacher Phillip Butcher and school children Alarna - Chair of School Council, Alfie - Lead Buddy, Ellie-May – Head Girl and Dylan - Head Boy

Safeguarding day at Wednesbury Primary School

Published on 28th November 2017

Experts from Sandwell Council and West Midlands police have been giving children at Priory Primary School tips on staying safe.

Staying safe online sessions for parents and children

Published on 20th November 2017

Parents and carers of young people who attend Sandwell secondary schools are being invited to attend Clickwise sessions to learn about keeping safe online.

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. 

Sylvia Allen, Cllr Simon Hackett and headteacher Terry Jones

Celebrations at Perryfields Primary School

Published on 25th September 2017

An Oldbury primary school has undergone a major £2.6million refurbishment and expansion.

Young people with Cllr Millard and their youth workers

Wednesbury children's artwork at prestigious gallery

Published on 6th September 2017

Young people from Sandwell have been busy during the summer creating contemporary artwork to go on display in Birmingham's Ikon Gallery.

L-R Kamran's aunt Najia Parveen, Kameran’s uncle Asif Mohammed, Cllr Ahmadul Haque MBE the Mayor of Sandwell, prize-winner Kameran Husain, Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell College Principal Graham Pennington.

Careers event prize-winner given brand new laptop

Published on 31st August 2017

A student from Sandwell is delighted to have won a state-of-the-art laptop after winning a prize draw he entered at a careers event.

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.

Careers fair winners collect prizes

Published on 2nd March 2017

Two young people collected their prizes after winning the New Year, New Start Careers Fair prize draw on Saturday 21 January.

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.