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Merged schools are now officially open

A CONTROVERSIAL new school - Smith’s Wood Primary - was officially opened last week.

A CONTROVERSIAL new school - Smith’s Wood Primary - was officially opened last week.

Under the plans, first announced last year, pupils from Kingfisher and Bosworth Wood Primary have been brought under the same roof.

The merger caused outrage among some parents at Kingfisher School, who staged a sit-in and battled to try to reverse Solihull Council’s decision.

Proposals were rubber-stamped earlier this year, following a lengthy consultation with the families and staff affected.

Now the 420 pupils have moved into a new £7m building - built as part of the north Solihull regeneration project. The state-of-the-art school will form part of the North Arran Way Village Centre.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last Thursday at the Kingfisher Drive premises - which was built on the same site as the old Kingfisher School.

New headteacher John Talbot said the support from the majority of parents had been very positive.

Next year, Bennett’s Well will join with Hatchford Brook Primary and Alcott Hall will be combined with Coleshill Primary.

 

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