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New secondary school in West Bromwich

Published 12th April 2018

Artist impression of what the new school could look like

A new 750 place secondary school in West Bromwich has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education.

The school will be built on Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, subject to planning permission.

It is hoped the first 150 year seven pupils will start at the school in September 2019 and parents will be able to apply for a place from July 2018. The school will eventually accommodate 750 pupils.

It is being sponsored by Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust who run a number of successful schools including Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, consistently rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Chris Ward, Director of Education, Skills and Employment said: "This will be the second new secondary school to open in Sandwell in the last ten years, following on from the successful Q3 Academy in Oldbury which opened in 2016. 

"The Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick is giving young people an outstanding level of education and we hope to continue this in the new school in Kelvin Way.

"This is a much needed school in West Bromwich where it is expected there will be increasing demand for secondary school places in the next few years.”

The next steps will be to confirm funding streams and obtain planning permission before work can start on site.

Chief Executive of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, Sir Mark Grundy said: “We are incredibly proud to have been asked to work with Sandwell Council on the development of this new school. 

"Shireland has consistently been judged as Outstanding by Ofsted coupled with exceptional Progress 8 levels of achievement and the development of the West Bromwich Collegiate Academy will allow us to establish this quality of provision for the families and the community."