Sutton Coldfield Primary School’s £1.2m Refurbishment Programme

An outstanding Sutton Coldfield primary school is welcoming even more pupils this September following a £1.2m refurbishment programme to “future proof” its excellent education provision.

Photo: Courtesy ALTP

Photo: Courtesy ALTP

Mere Green Primary School has undergone a year-long remodel, including state-of-the-art learning facilities, to accommodate additional pupils. The move is in partnership with the local authority – who funded the works – to meet a growing community demand for school places.

The redevelopment includes two new libraries, an IT suite, reception area and pastoral suite, as well as other facilities to enhance learning. The academy has welcomed two reception classes for the second year in a row and the 60 newest pupils are enjoying modern classrooms, customised especially for four-year-olds.

Mere Green’s growth plan will see the school expand from 210 to 420 places and it has now increased from one to two-form entry in most year groups. Seven new staff appointments have also been made for this year to support the increasing numbers.

Headteacher and national leader of education, Anna Balson, said the expansion is designed to protect the school’s outstanding education provision.

“It’s an absolutely amazing place that even more families can benefit from. This is all about giving our fantastic community the school that they deserve, not just in terms of outstanding teaching and learning, but with physical space and the latest equipment to enhance their whole education experience.”

Children will benefit from a new dedicated art room with specialist equipment, touch screen IT computing lessons alongside class I-Pads and improved outdoor playgrounds, including the nursery areas. The eco-friendly school also remains progressive in its outlook, by utilising sustainable lighting and motion sensors.

Anna said:

“Mere Green is undergoing a major regeneration. As a result, more and more families want to live here. Every child deserves the very best education – to be able to access a local school with outstanding provision. We want to serve as many children as possible. We have the space, we have the expertise and we are at the heart of this community.”

Anna, who is also the executive headteacher (primary) for the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), said: “Kristal Brookes (Mere Green Primary’s associate headteacher) has done an amazing job in leading on this, working closely with Birmingham City Council (Education Infrastructure) and Balfour Beatty. It’s a joined-up approach as we strive to meet community needs.”

The expansion also includes the creation of dedicated meeting rooms and professional spaces where education leaders, including those from across the ATLP, can come together.

Anna said:

“This redevelopment is about more than just Mere Green – it’s for the wider benefit of other schools and our superb teams of staff. We’re very proud of our school and the support we receive from our community. It’s lovely to see this vision come to life and we look forward to the future and growing the ATLP further.”

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