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The Westminster School
Further to a period of consultation from 11 May to 15 June 2018 and the publication of a full proposal on 25 June 2018, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has now given approval to a prescribed alteration at The Westminster School, Rowley Campus, Curral Road, Rowley Regis, B65 9AN. This alteration, which will be implemented from 1 January 2019, will expand the school to allow an increase in pupil capacity by up to 60 pupils (to a total of 250). This is subject to the allocation of capital funding to support the reorganisation of The Westminster School and associated move to Whiteheath Education Centre.
This decision has been made because the expansion of The Westminster School responds directly to new SEND legislation and will lead to more young people with disabilities in Sandwell being able to attend a special school for Moderate Learning Difficulties. The expansion will enable the council to implement the Department for Education’s strategy “Preparing for Adulthood” by providing places on the Supported Internship and Apprenticeships programme leading to increased employment opportunities for young people with Learning Disabilities”.
St Matthews CE Primary School
Further to a period of consultation from 11 May to 15 June 2018 and the publication of a full proposal on 25 June 2018, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has now given approval to a prescribed alteration at St Matthews CE Primary School, Windmill Lane, Smethwick, B66 3LX. This alteration means that the school’s published admission number will increase permanently from 30 to 60 in Reception from September 2019 so that by September 2023 the school will be operating as a two forms of entry primary school at a capacity of 420 places across all year groups.
This decision has been made because it allows St Matthew’s CE Primary School the opportunity to provide an additional 210 primary places in Smethwick, a town for which projections indicate a continuing growth in pupil numbers. The expansion, which will involve the building of extra accommodation for an additional form of entry, is supported in the community and the school has already successfully accommodated 30 additional Reception pupils in September 2017 with 30 more places expected to be taken up in September 2018 to satisfy demand.