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School wins cash boost from Birmingham Airport

THANKS to an enterprising group of pupils, Birmingham Airport is providing £150,000 worth of funding to improve their school.

THANKS to an enterprising group of pupils, Birmingham Airport is providing £150,000 worth of funding to improve their school.

Pupils from The International School in Tile Cross met with Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport.

The pupils, whose school is directly under the flight path serving the airport, spoke to Mr Kehoe after his presentation at the unveiling of the Olympic Rings at the airport.

They noticed his speech was not interrupted by aeroplanes taking off or landing. They told him how lessons have to stop when planes come over their school.

He agreed to look into it and several months later the airport in partnership with the local authority are working to improve conditions.

Andy Holding, community affairs manager at the airport said: “The pupils were excellent and presented their case very clearly. They had a compelling argument which persuaded us of the importance of investing this money.”

Margaret Sullivan from the local authority’s asset management department, which administers the funds from the airport, said: “The pupils invited me into their school to explain how they had spoken to the airport and showed me the main areas for insulation.

“We will be providing funding over the next five years to improve the sound insulation of the buildings, which were erected in the 1950s.”

 

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