Work under way on new primary school
Published on 27th September 2012
Work is moving ahead on an £8.8m primary school in Sandwell which will help to meet growing demand for pupil places.
Builders are digging foundations and carrying out groundworks at the new Shireland Hall Primary School in Montague Road, Smethwick.
The 630-place school is due to open next September.
Hundreds of new school places are needed across the borough because of a soaring birth rate -up nearly 30% in the 10 years to 2011.
Since 2011 the council has created an additional 300 reception places across Sandwell, with up to a further 200 planned for September 2013.
Consultation on proposals for more new places will take place next month, with places planned for Hargate Primary and All Saints CE Primary in West Bromwich, and Moat Farm Infants and Burnt Tree Primary in Oldbury.
Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: "We use existing schools to meet growing demand where we can but there are only so many more pupils they can take.
"The new Shireland will be a great school to ensure we meet demand in Soho and Victoria ward give local children the education they deserve.
"It will also be a great resource for the community."
Cllr Cooper and cabinet member for children and families Councilllor Bob Badham chatted to pupils and staff on a visit to the new Shireland site.
The new school includes an early years unit and extensive community facilities.
There will be a multi-use play area, grassed sports field, trim trail, amphitheatre, a nature trail through the millennium forest planting, and several seating areas.
Montague Road Open Space has been remodelled and refurbished after consultation with local residents.
The existing Shireland school in Edith Street will be demolished and used for a play area and parking.