£23million set aside for school improvements - The Solihull Observer

£23million set aside for school improvements

Solihull Editorial 16th Dec, 2019 Updated: 16th Dec, 2019   0

SIX SOLIHULL primary schools are set to be expanded as the council looks to deal with increased demand on school places.

Across the borough, expansion of primaries is either underway or scheduled for 2020. The council has set a budget of £23.6 million for improvements to schools.

New buildings are complete at Yorkswood school in Kingshurst, which opened in September 2019.

As reported in the Solihull Observer, Kingshurst Primary School has undertaken an expansion for a further 105 places in 2020.

Ambitions of 4200 school places have been set by the council, to educate children in the poorest wards of the borough – Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst, Fordbridge and Smith’s Wood.

Other schools set for new classrooms and facilities include Cheswick Green Primary School, Olton Primary School and St Augustine’s Primary School.

The council is also considering the merger of Valley Primary School’s separate sites in Elmdon, where the council intends to bring together the primary and junior schools onto a single site.

At secondary level, the sixth form at Tudor Grange was increased by 150 places, while its adjacent school Alderbrook Academy is also looking to grow its further education offering.

Special needs provision is also being boosted – The Bosworth Campus in Smith’s Wood will have places for 100 children and young people with autism aged between seven and 16 years old, once an academy trust is appointed by the Department for Education, expected early in 2020.

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