EDUCATION MATTERS: Solihull Secondary Schools to Be Rebuilt
Every secondary school in the north of Solihull is to be knocked down and rebuilt under multi-million pound plans to transform education in the deprived part of the borough.
Solihull is one of the first authorities in the country to gain funding for the radical modernisation drive under the Government's Building Schools for the Future initiative.
The BSF programme will pump pounds 80 million into the region to rebuild Park Hall in Castle Bromwich, Archbishop Grimshaw in Chelmsley, Wood Smith's Wood school and Lanchester Special School in Castle Bromwich.
Forest Oak School in Castle Bromwich and Merstone School in Marston Green will be demolished and replaced by Solihull's Centre for Inclusive Learning in Smith's Wood.
Under a different drive, the north's remaining secondary - Whitesmore School - will be demolished and reopen as the Grace Academy backed by Christian entrepreneur Bob Edmondson. Kevin Crompton, corporate director for Education and Children's Services, said: 'I am extremely pleased that our vision for schools in the north of the borough has been approved.
'It is an extremely important step in the project.'
Neil Craven, head teacher of Park Hall, said: 'We're delighted. We've been involved in the planning for some time, but …
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Publication information: Article title: EDUCATION MATTERS: Solihull Secondary Schools to Be Rebuilt. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: December 20, 2004. Page number: 4. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.