North Solihull school children get ‘hands on’ view of regeneration

(14th November 2007)

The children from Kingshurst Junior and Infant Schools have put their handprints on the hoarding that secures the construction site for the new Kingshurst Primary School - the first new school being build as part of the 15-year, £1.8billion regeneration project.

The children will move into the new school when they come back after the Christmas holidays. The old school buildings will then be demolished, and new play and sports facilities will be provided.

Jeff Darby, head teacher of the new Kingshurst Primary School, said: "The children and staff are extremely excited about the completion of their brand new school. During the construction process there has been some inevitable upheaval for everybody and involving the children with the hoarding has been a great way of brightening up the place while the construction work is going on.

"These children will see their local area completely transformed over the coming years and by getting them involved at this early stage of the project will help them understand why this work is taking place and how it will benefit them and the rest of the community."

The regeneration scheme is being driven by the North Solihull Partnership, a consortium made up of Solihull Council, Bellway Homes, regeneration specialist Inpartnership and registered social landlord Whitefriars Housing Group. As part of the ambitious project, 10 brand new extended primary schools will be created within the 1,000 acre regeneration area. In addition, Solihull Council is rebuilding all of the secondary schools in North Solihull as part of the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme.

Janet Bradbury, chief executive of the Partnership, said: "Education lies at the very heart of the Regenerating North Solihull project. Our long term aim is to create a vibrant and thriving community in North Solihull with better housing and facilities for the residents, alongside improved training and employment opportunities, and that all begins with improved education for all."                                                                                                                  

Janet Bradbury continued: "The regeneration project is for the benefit of the whole community and none more so than the children, so initiatives like this at Kingshurst Primary School are extremely important in getting them involved in a fun way from an early age."


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