£22million to expand Sandwell schools

Published on 19th December 2013

Sandwell Council is set to receive over £22million in government funding over the next three years to create thousands of new school places.

The announcement comes as demand for places at the borough's primary schools continues to soar, with the birth rate still rising and more people choosing to live in the borough.

Since 2011 the council has expanded 20 primary schools with plans in place for the expansion of more schools by 2015/16.

Sandwell Council's cabinet member for children's services Councillor Simon Hackett said: "This announcement is great news for Sandwell and reflects the quality of the pupil place planning data we have provided to the government.

"We have seen a 25% increase in the birth rate over the past ten years and the rate continues to grow.

"The announcement of a three year allocation means the council can not only get on with further primary expansions, but can also start the programme to meet the expected demand for new secondary places.

"It is pleasing that more and more parents are choosing to send their children to our schools, which is not surprising as so many of our schools are rated as good or better."

By 2024, the council will need an additional 4,500 secondary places across Sandwell. Plans are already in place to provide 1,200 new places in Oldbury by building a new school on the former Langley High School site in Moat Road.