The children’s eyes lit up and you could hear them saying ‘wow’ when they walked through the doors.
This spring, we hosted a special preview event for almost 200 pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School – serving them lunch and hosting tours around their new school building, prior to its opening.
The new 15 classroom modular school will replace the existing Sacred Heart school to meet the growing demand for primary places in Sandwell and transform it into a two-form entry school.
“There has been a 26 per cent increase in the birth rate in Sandwell and higher than normal movement into the area, so it’s crucial we ensure that every child has a school place and a great education,” said Sue Moore, group head for education support services at Sandwell Council.
“We’re thrilled with our new Sunesis school, it was built incredibly quickly and to a fantastic standard - the children’s eyes lit up and you could hear them saying ‘wow’ when they walked through the doors.”
Commissioned by Sandwell Futures – a joint partnership between Sandwell Council and Interserve – the new school will be able to offer 420 primary places and 52 nursey places.
Head teacher Mrs Gee said: “I cannot wait to officially move into our new school. Currently we’re working across two sites and our school is over-crowded and old-fashioned.
“The new building means so much more to us than extra school places, the way the building is designed means we can better meet the needs of our pupils; whether that be children with special educational needs, mobility needs or even dietary requirements thanks to our brand new kitchen. Having extra space also means we can better support the community with family learning, such as additional English lessons for parents and pupils.”
Head girl at Sacred Heart, 11-year-old Amara said: “Our current school is a bit cramped, but this new school is great, it has an extra big hall and is very spacious. It’s colourful and I am looking forward to coming to school here.”
Tim Carey product director for Sunesis, said: “Seeing the positive reactions from the children and teachers was brilliant and it’s great to know that the work we do will have such a positive impact on local children and the community.”