UPDATE: ALL schools on the site will be OPEN from Tuesday 3rd May

A problem with the gas supply has meant that all schools on the Colmers site in Rednal were affected by closure or partial closure today (Tuesday 26th April). And the schools will remain closed to most pupils tomorrow for the remainder of the week.

Gas supply to the site has had to be shut down and drained so the problem can be assessed and repairs made. Rubery Nursery, Colmers Farm Primary School (previously Colmers Infants and Juniors) and Colmers School and Sixth Form College were left with no heating or hot water.

All pupils were told to stay at home, except for those in Years 11, 12 and 13.

Arrangements for Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April

  • Rubery Nursery School:
    – FULLY OPEN – with a smaller space to heat, the nursery are now able to accommodate children.
  • Colmers Farm Primary School (Infants and Juniors):
    – CLOSED TO RECEPTION & YEARS 1,2,3,4 AND 5. At home activities can be found on the school website
    YEAR 6 TO ATTEND, in uniform
  • Colmers School & Sixth Form College:
    – CLOSED TO YEARS 7,8,9,10
    – YEARS 11,12 AND 13 TO ATTEND. Registration in Sports Hall at 8.45am. School will close to these pupils at 1.40pm. Please see school website for timetable details

Arrangements for Wednesday 27th April

  • Rubery Nursery School:
    CLOSED – teacher training day
  • Colmers Farm Primary School (Infants and Juniors):
    CLOSED to Years 3,4 and 5.
    *Year 6 to attend, in uniform
  • Colmers School & Sixth Form College:
    CLOSED to Years 7,8,9 and 10.
    *Years 11,12 and 13 to attend. School will close to these pupils at 1.15pm. 

Colmers School and Sixth Form College headteacher, Barry Doherty, wrote to parents: “Please be reassured that we are working very closely with the local authority gas engineers and health and safety advisors to reinstate our gas supply as soon as is safe to do so. We hope that the school will open as normal on Thursday 28th April, however this remains uncertain. We will inform all families at 2pm tomorrow.”

It is hoped that, with the extended Bank Holiday weekend, engineers will be able to have everything fixed by school return on Tuesday 3rd May. We will update on this situation as we hear.


  1. How is it safe for Nursery Children and not the others??????? If there isn’t any Gas how are they heating the nursery and is there any hot water. Sounds dodgy to me???? I aint gonna trust it til the whole schools been declared safe, What does everyone else think???


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