EDUCATION MATTERS: Solihull Secondary Schools to Be Rebuilt

The Birmingham Post (England), December 20, 2004 | Go to article overview

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 we were never certain it would be successful. …

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