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Cost of new Walsall primary school will be £7.2m

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | Education | Published:

The cost of the demolition and re-building of a Walsall primary school will be more than £7 million.

An artist's impression of the new site

Contractor Kier has been appointed to build the new school for Yew Tree Primary which will be spread over two storeys.

An artist's impression of the new site has been released, along with details stating the school will include six infant classrooms and eight junior classrooms, a main hall, studio, library, drama studio, SEN provision and teaching support facilities.

Kier has been appointed to design and build the state-of-the-art £7.2m Yew Tree Primary School under the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) East Midlands Priority School Building Programme 2.

The new two-storey building will replace one of the existing buildings on site, which will be demolished upon completion.

The current school. Photo: Google

Rachel Hawkins, headteacher at Yew Tree School, said: “This is an exciting time for Yew Tree pupils, staff and the community.

"The planning process with Kier and the ESFA team has been very supportive.

"The team have ensured the building is able to facilitate our vision for a broad and exciting curriculum for all.”

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Mark Pausey, managing director for Kier Central, said: “We’re thrilled to be constructing Yew Tree Primary School in Walsall.

"The current building was constructed in the 1950s and this new facility will provide pupils will a much-needed modern and updated learning experience, designed to help pupils achieve their full potential.”

A spokesperson from the Department for Education, added: “We are pleased to see the PSBP programme being able to make possible a new school development at Yew Tree Primary School to address the needs of the school and to provide fit for purpose educational facilities.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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