A secondary school has opened a new primary school facility in Birmingham following a major £1 million renovation project.
Bournville School, run by Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT), has become an ‘all-through’ school after opening a primary school on its site in collaboration with Birmingham City Council to address a shortage of primary places in the city.
The primary school, which opened its doors to pupils for the first time in September 2016, is based in its own wing of the building after a project to redevelop and refurbish ten previously disused classrooms.
Meanwhile, £750,000 has been invested in improvements to the secondary school and a further £2.25 million is to be ploughed into a new building currently being built as an extension to the primary school.
Currently the two-form entry school has 120 places but will grow to 420 places across reception to Year 6 when it reaches its full capacity by 2021.
Place Partnership was appointed by FMAT in June to support and assist the school and its staff in managing the project.
Five primary classrooms and ancillary rooms were completed in time for the first intake of primary pupils to the school in September, with a further five classrooms, staff room and dining room completed in November.
Project Manager Lindsay Harris, from Place Partnership said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of the project. The accommodation is fit for purpose and was delivered on time and within budget. I’m sure the school will benefit from this new space for years to come.”
Mark Rhatigan, Executive Head Teacher at Bournville School, said: “Being an ‘all-through’ school means we are able to offer a fantastic and quite unique experience for pupils and their families.
“Our children will stay with us from the age of four until they turn 16, which means we will be able to truly get to know them and help them to discover their individual brilliance.”
Andy Bird, CEO at FMAT, said: “We are an innovative forward-thinking Trust and we are proud to be able to play a pivotal role in addressing Birmingham’s shortage of primary places.
“It’s a delight to see our new primary pupils enjoying their brand new school and settling in so quickly.
“Without doubt this is an exciting new chapter in Bournville School’s journey and we look forward to seeing the primary school expanding and flourishing.”