Celebrations at Perryfields Primary School

Published 25th September 2017

Sylvia Allen, Cllr Simon Hackett and headteacher Terry Jones

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

Perryfields Primary School based in Apsley Rd, Oldbury will double its capacity over the coming years from 210 to 420 pupils.
 
The new building and refurbishment project has finished to coincide with the school's diamond anniversary of its official opening in 1957 by Alderman B T Robbins. 

The school first opened its doors to children 61 years ago on 5 September 1956. To coincide with the anniversary, a ceremony to open the new building will take place on Thursday 14 September. The building was officially opened by Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services. 

Special guests including councillors, ex-pupils, staff and headteachers all came along to the event to celebrate. Visitors were treated to a special assembly followed by the official opening ceremony where Councillor Simon Hackett and pupils Emer (correct) and Alfie gave speech and cut the ribbon.

Ex-pupil Sylvia Allen started at the school when it was officially opened in 1957. Sylvia came along to the celebration. She said: "I loved seeing my old school and am really impressed with the new building. I can't quite remember the official opening but I do have fond memories of Perryfields Primary. Over the years I've had a strong connection with the school and now my great niece is a pupil there."
 
The new building that's been added to the existing building includes eight classrooms, group rooms, school offices, a staffroom and a drama/dance studio and technology room. The new building also becomes the main entrance to the school which has enabled the library are to be extended and used more effectively. 
 
The expansion of the school, rated 'Good' by Ofsted, is part of Sandwell Council's drive to increase the number of school places available in the area to meet demand.
 
Councillor Simon Hackett will be attending the opening ceremony. He said: “Over the past six years, we have created more than 4,400 new primary places.
 
"Perryfields is a great example of where we've invested to create new primary school places to meet increasing demand. We have a great record of giving parents and carers their top choice of school and I want this to continue."
 
The school and Sandwell Council, have also made significant investment in refurbishing the existing building and amenities.
 
Perryfields Primary School headteacher Terry Jones said: "We are delighted with the end result, not only with the extension but also with the refurbishment of the original building which really has made a huge difference. 

"Despite the extension to the building and car park, we have actually increased the outdoor space for the children. 

"I continue to be the very proud headteacher of a growing school that has maintained its friendly and welcoming ethos throughout."