PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: SCHOOL THAT DEFIED NAZIS; Autumn 1939 a Phoney War GREAT BARR

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Byline: TONY COLLINS

FROM a school that closed after its first three days, Great Barr Primary has gone on to achieve a lasting impression on generations of city children. Its first intake of pupils arrived on August 28, 1939, but the school closed on August 31 as World War II loomed.

It was October 17 before the school re-opened, but since then Great Barr Primary has picked up a host of prestigious national awards for excellence.

This work is being continued to the present day, with current head teacher Sue Courbet now leadingthe way after taking over just two years ago.

The school will take another important step as part of its ongoing development in September when it opens its newly established nursery.

At the same time, a new ICT suite has been created containing an interactive whiteboard and personal computers to enhance children's learning.

Mrs Courbet says: 'Everyone connected with our school is justly proud of our caring tradition and our pursuit of the highest standards in all areas of school life.'

She said there had been a united approach by everyone at the school to develop and improve all aspects. …