YOUNGSTERS often look forward to the start of a new term but for these pupils the start of a school year also meant the opening of a whole new school.
Smith’s Wood Sports College has been completely rebuilt as part of Solihull’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
The school in Windward Way can accommodate 1,400 pupils aged 11-18 with facilities set to include an artificial turf pitch, multi-use games area, sports pitches and swimming pool.
It also boasts the latest ICT and design technology equipment and will specialise in English as well as sport.
The opening marks the conclusion of the £90m construction phase of the BSF project in Solihull, which has also seen Forest Oak and Merstone, Lanchester, Park Hall and Archbishop Grimshaw schools in the north of the borough transformed thanks to a partnership between Solihull Council and other contractors.
Leader of the council and cabinet member for children and young people, Coun Ken Meeson, said: “The opening of Smith’s Wood Sports College marks a significant achievement for Solihull, the school and the community that it serves. Along with the other schools that have been built as part of the project and also the primary school building programme which forms part of our wider regeneration plans for the area, we are demonstrating a significant commitment to the future of children and young people in the north of the borough and to improving their educational opportunities. The success of the Building Schools for the Future project has been utterly dependent on the commitment and hard work of those involved and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed.”