Plans to expand Bristnall Hall Academy

Published 19th August 2019

Plans are under-way to increase the number of pupils at a popular Oldbury secondary school.

Sandwell Council is proposing to build a new classroom block to increase the number of places for pupils at Bristnall Hall Academy from 950 to 1,100.

The school first opened in 1929 and is rated Good by Ofsted. The proposed expansion will take the school from six to seven classes per year group.

Councillor Joyce Underhill, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life said "We are working to make sure there are enough school places for pupils in Sandwell. These places are particularly needed in Smethwick and Oldbury to accommodate large year groups we know are coming through our primary schools. 

"Bristnall Hall Academy has a very good reputation and has been over-subscribed for some years. This extension will allow 30 more pupils each year to attend this popular school."

A report which will be presented to Sandwell Council's Cabinet on Wednesday 28 August,  will ask councillors to approve £1.5m funding for design work at the Bristnall Hall Academy, and two other schools, Q3 Academy Langley and West Bromwich Collegiate Academy which are both currently under construction.

Q3 Academy Langley opened in September 2016 and currently years seven to nine attend, with a new intake due this September.

West Bromwich Collegiate Academy is a new school, opening its doors to the first 175 pupils in September.  

Building work will continue at all three schools following the next stages of design work, with a further investment expected to be approved by cabinet in the near future.