£25m South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy building opens

The brand new £25m South Wolverhampton & Bilston (SWB) Academy building has opened with the aim of changing secondary education across the Black Country forever.

Sponsored by the City of Wolverhampton Academy Trust, the world class facilities in Bilston opened at the start of this term and are already receiving excellent reviews.

The first open day for prospective parents and the general public is to take place on Saturday, October 6, from 10am until 2pm where tours of the building will be available.

The new building provides an amazing and inspiring environment for students, teachers and the community.

Its dramatic design incorporates a superbly equipped performance hall, dance studio, lecture theatre, dedicated sixth form suite, a state-of-the-art engineering hall, a professional board-room and range of stylish indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

The academy places a great emphasis on students making good progress in their learning and equipping them with the life skills they need to have happy and successful lives.

To support this, on each of the four floor levels there are different skills zones, each with an exciting and diverse array of learning environments, including debating areas, and a ‘cinema pod’.

The interior facilities are being complemented by thoughtfully designed grounds: with grass sports pitches, a full size artificial grass pitch, a multi-use games area, and a series of garden areas.

Students at SWB Academy have all of their indoor sports in the superb facilities at the neighbouring Bert Williams Leisure Centre.

SWB Academy is passionate about providing the best education for its youngsters.

All students are expected to be outstanding and respond to this.

Their behaviour in lessons and around the academy is exemplary, bullying is rare and not tolerated. In addition, SWB Academy has above average attendance rates nationally.

Students enjoy attending the academy as lessons are stimulating and the environment is engaging.

There is a fundamental belief in finding a student’s talent or interest and nurturing this and so there is a rich and varied enrichment programme which saw Sixth Form students spend two weeks in South Africa this summer.

SWB Academy terms work in line with the standard three-term year for parents who have children at local primary schools in the Wolverhampton, Bilston, Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall boroughs.

To find out more, go along to the open day or visit at any time during the school day. Telephone ahead to make an appointment for safeguarding purposes.