Schools and learning news

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.

Excellence Leaders with Cllr Trow and Principal Paul Lee

Q3 Academy Langley elect Excellence Leaders

Published on 22nd November 2017

A group of students in Oldbury have been selected as special representatives at their Academy – after putting their names on a ballot paper in a special election.

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.

Students, staff and Cllr Hackett at OSCA

Anti-bullying workshops for hundreds of Sandwell children

Published on 14th November 2017

As part of Anti-bullying Week (Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November) Sandwell Council’s SHAPE Programme and West Midlands Police will be delivering workshops to children in schools.

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.

Whiteheath school gets grant boost for breakfast clubs

Published on 3rd November 2017

Pupils at a Sandwell school has received a special £1,000 Kelloggs grant to help to increase breakfast club services.

Back row (L-R) - Victoria Beasley, HLTA, Early Years Reading Interventions, Nicole Paskin, EYFS Phase Leader & Early Years English Leader, Cllr Simon Hackett, Headteacher Nicola Stanley. Children (L-R) Amelie, Raphael, Ethan and Cora

Library membership for all reception children in Sandwell

Published on 9th October 2017

There are now a record number of young children who are members of a Sandwell library.

Little boy on laptop

Apply online for school places in Sandwell

Published on 4th October 2017

Parents and carers in Sandwell can now apply for school places if their child is due to start high school or reception in September 2018.

Head Boy - Berez, Head girl - Georgia, Sandwell Mayor Cllr Ahmadul Haque MBE, Cllr Simon Hackett, Senior Prefect - Sharni, Senior Prefect - Parminder

Students raise money for defibrillator at Bristnall Hall

Published on 26th September 2017

Students from Bristnall Hall Academy are proud to unveil their new defibrillator after raising funds to have it installed.

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.

Edgmond Hall

Celebrating 80 years of residential education at Edgmond Hall

Published on 22nd September 2017

Celebrations are continuing as Sandwell Council marks 80 years of Edgmond Hall being one of their residential centres.

More school places at Sandwell special school

Published on 22nd September 2017

Sandwell Council has started a programme to increase the number of special school places available in the borough.

Heather Grainger

School pays tribute to dedicated teacher

Published on 22nd September 2017

Tributes have been paid to a West Bromwich teacher who sadly passed away during the summer holidays following a short illness.

Plans for new building for Moorlands Primary School

Published on 14th September 2017

Sandwell Council is set to build a brand new building  at Moorlands Primary School if plans are signed off by councillors.

Councillor Hackett with learners Marie Djomo and Moreen Campbell

Call to sign up for adult education in Sandwell

Published on 13th September 2017

People are being urged to sign up for adult learning in Sandwell.

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.

James Gowing, Adam Rose, Thomas Marshall, Wei Ting Kok and Jeyashalini Jeyaprathees

GCSE results day in Sandwell

Published on 24th August 2017

Students and school staff across Sandwell are celebrating today after receiving their GCSE results.

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.

Cllr Simon Hackett (Sandwell Council), Amrit Singh (Head Boy), Phil Butcher (Head Teacher), Tom Watson MP, Ellie Hunter (Head Girl)

Wednesbury school set to double its capactity

Published on 1st August 2017

Sandwell Council is investing £2.5 million to expand The Priory Primary in Friar Park.

An ‘Outstanding’ hat trick for Sandwell Academy

Published on 19th June 2017

Sandwell Academy is celebrating once again after being graded as ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

Primary school place offers

Published on 18th April 2017

More than 4,000 children have secured a place in their parents’ preferred primary school in 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. 

Year 2 children with some of those involved in the project

Tesco grant of £10,000 builds new outdoor classroom

Published on 20th March 2017

Children and staff of Hamstead Infant School were very excited to have had a visit from the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Julie Webb.

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.