New primary school places to meet soaring demand

Published on 30th April 2013

Sandwell Council is expanding six more primary schools across the borough to meet soaring demand following a baby boom.

Work is already under way at Christ Church CE Primary in Oldbury, Crocketts Community Primary in Smethwick and Rowley Hall Primary in Rowley Regis.

The £7m scheme will provide 630 places and will be finished in time for the new school year in September.

Works is also expected to start shortly at Brandhall Primary School in Oldbury, Grace Mary Primary School in Tividale and Summerhill Primary School in Tipton.

The project will cost £1.9m with Brandhall and Grace Mary due to complete by September and Summerhill due to finish by October.

The move comes as demand for places soars, with the birth rate continuing to rise and more people choosing to live in the borough.

Sandwell Council's cabinet member for children and families Councillor Simon Hackett recently visited Crocketts Lane primary to see the work for himself.

He said: "It is important we continue to provide quality places to meet demand and this work will do just that.

"We have already provided over 300 new reception places over the last two years across Sandwell and this programme of expansion is set to continue.

"As an idea of the scale of the increase the reception class intake five years ago was around 3,800 while this coming academic year it will be almost 4,600."

The new extension at Rowley Hall will provide nine new classrooms, a nursery, small hall, studio and new kitchen.

 At Christ Church CE Primary School there will be a reception classroom, eight teaching bases and a new main entrance.

And at Crocketts Community Primary School there will be eight new class bases, a hall and a design technology area.

Sandwell Futures, the local education partnership, is project managing the scheme.