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Priory Primary School set to double its capacity


Priory Primary is set to benefit from 210 extra pupil places in the school and 30 extra places in the pre-school nursery thanks to modular construction expert, Portakabin. The spaces will almost double the school's current capacity of 240 pupils.

Sandwell Council is investing £2.5 million to expand the school in Friar Park.

Work on the new building started off-site at the Portakabin manufacturing site in York and modules were craned in over two days. Interior fittings will be finished on-site at the school in Dorset Road, Wednesbury. The new building will be ready for the new term in September.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services said: “We need more school places to meet high demand. We want as many parents as possible to be able to get their child into their first choice of school.

“Over the past six years, we have created more than 4,400 new primary places. We have an excellent record of providing these in good or outstanding schools.

Phillip Butcher, Head Teacher at The Priory Primary School, is thrilled about the new building. He said: "The new building will be a great addition to The Priory Primary. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished and ready for the new term in September.

Andrew Simpkin, Head of Project Delivery at Portakabin comments: “Being able to provide this additional learning space for a growing school is an honour for our team. We’ll be almost doubling the school’s capacity with six new classrooms, a specialist classroom, a studio and a staff room.”

Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East came to The Priory Primary to see the site before the new building was craned in. He said: “Parents in Wednesbury are crying out for more good school places for their children, and this exciting development will create just that. This is an important investment by Sandwell Council and local kids will feel the benefits of these new facilities for years to come.”

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