Hundreds of pupils in Wolverhampton are preparing to return to the classroom next week – in a £13 million brand new school building.
The new-look St Edmund’s Catholic Academy features IT suites with the latest technology, a dedicated drama room where youngsters can get creative and a new dining room.
The school currently has around 850 pupils but the number is expected to grow to 900 as a result of the changes.
The revamp is part of the £50m redevelopment of Compton Park.
It includes the new school, an expansion of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ training ground and the creation of 55 new executive homes.
The opportunity arose when the University of Wolverh
ampton vacated its Compton Park Campus, which once housed more than 1,000 students.
This led to Wolverhampton City Council, the university, the school, the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Wolves and Redrow, run by Wolves’ owner Steve Morgan, joining forces to create a site masterplan. Around £7.9m has been invested into the school through the Building Schools for the Future – BSF – programme, while a further £5m has come from Wolves and Redrow Homes.
Deidre Finucane, headteacher of St Edmunds, said staff and pupils were looking forward to moving into the new school.
“We are the beneficiaries of a creative and generous partnership across a wide range of stake holders.”