New primary school for Smethwick
Published 6th December 2018
Planners have given the green light for a brand new primary free school in Smethwick – due to open in September 2019.
Shireland Technology Primary Free School will be built on part of the existing Shireland Collegiate Academy site and adjacent land in Wilson Road. It will eventually accommodate 420 pupils and ensure the demand for extra school places is met.
Estimated costs are likely to be around £6.5 million and will provide the area with a brand new, state-of-the-art primary school.
Sandwell Council was approached by the government to build the school and will work on behalf of the Education, Skills and Funding Agency with the Collegiate Academy Trust who already run a number of schools including Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Children's Services said: "This is the first brand new primary school that has opened in Sandwell for more than a decade. We are looking forward to working with Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust to deliver this new primary school.
"It's a tough job to keep up with the rising demand for school places but we have a proven track record of giving parents and carers their top choices for primary schools.”
Kirsty Tonks has been appointed as Principal at Shireland Technology Primary. She said: “In Smethwick, demand for primary school places is high; we not only want to meet this demand but set a high precedent for primary education as a whole. Technology will be utilised within our exciting curriculum to bring learning to life, enabling our pupils to excel.
“Our founding pupils will have the unique opportunity to start this journey with us. Alongside their families, they will also help to shape the academy. When we do open our doors in September 2019 we will be at the beginning of something truly special.”