BALSALL Common Primary has become the third junior school in the borough to take academy status and already has plans to revamp an outdoor classroom.
Head teacher Graeme Burgess said leaving local authority control was ‘the most logical step’ in allowing greater financial independence for the 650 pupil school, giving it more opportunities to grow.
The change will give the school, which celebrates its century next year, greater say over spending.
“What we’re seeking to achieve is to maximise resources to the best benefit for the outcomes for pupils,” he said.
“The overriding aim is to improve outcomes for children. Becoming an academy... presents us with opportunities to be more innovative and imaginative as well as being more able to encourage a wider range of financial support to enhance further our approach to learning.”
The school PTA typically raises funds of £40,000 per year through events such as galas, fayres and sponsored swims and Mr Burgess is working with local businesses to provide further funding.
This week, Balsall Common Primary also launched the Buy a Brick Appeal to allow the outdoor nursery to be refurbished.
Mr Burgess said the project was ‘always on the agenda’ but becoming an academy had allowed the school to bring it forward.
Now he is encouraging local businesses and residents to become part of history by buying the very building blocks of the new classroom. “It’s about businesses giving back to the local community,” he said.
Bricks are £25, which will include an inscription of your name or business.
For more information about Buy a Brick or continued sponsorship of the school, visit www.balsallcommonprimary.co.uk or call 01676 532254.