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Pupils bid their fond farewells to schools

CHILDREN and teachers have said their goodbyes to Chelmsley Wood’s oldest school, which broke up for the final time this week.

CHILDREN and teachers have said their goodbyes to Chelmsley Wood’s oldest school, which broke up for the final time this week.

Bennetts Well Primary has merged with nearby Hatchford Primary, as part of a major shake-up of the local junior schools.

Last Friday, pupils enjoyed a party at the Woodclose Road building, with a few tears from young and old alike.

From September, the children will be taught at newly-christened Fordbridge Community Primary School, housing pupils from both schools.

Acting headteacher Carol Cable, who retired this week, said that it was a sad moment - Bennetts Well opened in 1967.

“We’ve had children grow up and then come back with their own children and a number of staff are also former pupils.”

Mrs Cable has been at the school for the longest period - starting in 1973, leaving to have children, before coming back 15-years-ago.

At its height, she said that the school had more than 600 pupils, but it closed with just 135. With the number of children falling in north Solihull, Bennetts Well has seen its roll-call dwindle in recent years.

And around 100 more children left after the merger was confirmed, with many parents wanting to make their own arrangements.

Eleven-year-old Chloe Gibbs said: “Most of my family went to this school and I feel sorry for my little sister, because she’ll have to go somewhere else.”

 

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