New Black Country and Staffordshire schools aim to reduce demand in overcrowded classrooms

An image of the proposed school on the former site of Rugeley Power Station

But there’s good news for families with a slew of schools to be built in the area or moving forward in the planning process.

A notable school is on the former site of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire.

The free school, proposed to be built on the cleared site of Engie, should open its doors in September 2023 and eventually accommodate 1,400 pupils and a crèche.

The comprehensive school will be operated by the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT) and will be open to Kindergarten, Reception and Year 7 students in 2023.

It is part of Engie’s major development of 2,300 homes and up to 12.36 acres of employment space which has received planning approval.

JTMAT CEO Mike Donoghue said, “We are understandably delighted and extremely proud to have been given the responsibility to lead the new school at Rugeley.

“With a growing trust that currently includes many quality and exceptional local primary and secondary schools, and a successful track record of delivering a large free school, we felt we were well placed to deliver an exciting, high-quality offering. quality and innovative to children and families in the neighborhood.

“Focused on K-6 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we will do everything we can to make this school exceptional and stand out. I am delighted that after a rigorous application and interview process, the selection panel accepted.

“Now the work begins in earnest to realize our vision of creating the best school possible. The bid was largely a team effort, and so will our work to deliver the school to the community.

“We look forward to working alongside our partner organizations to make this all happen. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Elsewhere there could be a modern technology school planned for Wednesdayfield – Wednesdayfield Technology Primary School – which would see the disused Edward the Elder Primary and Nursery School in Lichfield Road demolished.

The building, which dates from 1910 but closed in 2007, is due to be demolished on May 12 to make way for the new school, run by the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust.

The development drew a mixed reaction from former pupils who were left ‘very sad’ that another historic building was torn down in the area – but welcomed the move for a new school to help young people for the generations to come.

Meanwhile, Star Academies are reportedly looking to open a new school in Wolverhampton in 2024 as part of a £1billion plan first announced last year by the then Education Secretary , Sir Gavin Williamson.

Bosses revealed they have entered into discussions with the authority over a number of potential site options for the school, which will cater for the town’s 11 to 16-year-olds. The Lancashire-based chain did not reveal details of the sights under the microscope, although it is understood the former Sainsbury’s building in St George’s is under investigation. No date has been set for the opening of this school.

And a school twinned with the Symphony Orchestra is set to be built on the infamous Providence Place in Sandwell – sold at a loss to the council and previously branded “enormous mismanagement”.

Plans have been put forward to convert the building into a school run by the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and linked to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

The Shireland CBSO Academy would accommodate around 870 students and will be the first non-fee school in the country to be sponsored by a world-class orchestra. Each child will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, with lessons provided in partnership with Sandwell Music Service, as well as regular attendance at CBSO concerts at Symphony Hall.

It comes after a report last September found the council lost £22.5m of taxpayers’ money after selling 1 Providence Place to the Department for Education for just £8.46m sterling.

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