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Six new classrooms opened at Oldbury school
2:17pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Local
A NEW £2.7 million block at an Oldbury school has been opened by the Bishop of Aston - providing 210 extra places for the town’s growing population.
Christ Church CE primary School has been increased from a one form to two form entry and is already catering for an additional 60 children across reception and year one.
The new block includes six classrooms, an assembly area and dining hall.
The school is one of nine in Sandwell which are being expanded to cope with the increased birth rate and with more people moving into the borough.
Headteacher Michaela Long said: “This is a wonderful new facility which gives us the room to cater for all our children and will ensure we continue to offer everyone an opportunity to fulfil their potential."
The Right Reverend Andrew Watson cut a ribbon to unveil a plaque before parents were given a tour of the new block.
Sandwell Council’s children’s boss Councillor Simon Hackett said “Christ Church is one of several schools in Sandwell to expand to meet soaring demand caused by significant increases in the birth rate and more people choosing to live in the borough.”
The number of reception pupils starting school in Sandwell this month was 4,600 – around 600 more than five years ago.
The council is planning to expand eight more primary schools, including Rowley Hall, Oldbury, to create 1,420 new places by 2014.
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