New school in Sandwell welcomes first students
Published 4th September 2019
West Bromwich Collegiate Academy welcomed its first pupils today (Wednesday 4 September).
The first 175 students started at the brand-new, purpose built school on Kelvin Way.
The new school is built over three storeys and includes 15 classrooms, specialist science rooms, a large hall, a library and a suite for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
George Faux, Principal at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, which is part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust said:
“After a summer of hard work, with dedicated staff we are standing here today in a fantastic, brand-new building ready to receive our new students and we could not be prouder. I know all of the staff are excited to bring our students through the doors and show them the brand-new facilities of our purpose built academy.
"This new academy is the product of thousands of hours of work from hundreds of professionals and we hope it will provide an outstanding education for students from the community for many years to come.”
Councillor Joyce Underhill, cabinet member for best start in life, said: "This is the second high school to open in Sandwell in three years and West Bromwich Collegiate Academy will provide much-needed school places.
"The brand-new school provides a wonderful environment for children to learn and we are very pleased to have Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust as our partners to run the school."
Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust runs the West Bromwich school. They have a proven record of running an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ high school in Smethwick along with many primary schools both in Sandwell and further afield.
Each year another set of students will join until the school gets to its capacity of 750.